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Saturday, July 2, 1938 Pleasant
It seems almost too good to be true that our frineds Mr. and
Mrs. Bowker continue, every Saturday evening, to bring flowers. It
is something hard to describe. At best we cannot express our
appreciation of the thought which prompts Mr, and Mrs. Bowker to do
this. These last few Saturdays Mrs. Bowker has brought a large
colorful basket filled with roses - all kinds and colors, long stems and
short stems. Besides the basket, Mrs. Bowker usually makes up one or
two large boquets; one boquet for the girls .n the pantry. Tonight she
brought tall, white madona lilies. Also great, long stalks of blue
delphinium. The combination was superb. We arranged it in large con-
tainers - one for the bay window in the small dining room, the other
for the window at the end of the lower hall. A picture, Indeed. Llrs,
Bowker tells us that her lilies have recently taken a flower show prize ,
She displayed one 3ily stalk on which there werel6 lilies.
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Sunday, July 3, 1938
We are prepared for the holiday week end. The flowers are
arranged, the dusting done, every bed roo^ is made ready for over
night guests. Hostesses, waitresses and kitchen help are all
prepared to take care of the guests. But its not the usual 4th
of July weather. Its cold. Fires are burning in the fireplaces.
Guests have literally poured into the house all day, however. They
cane in all kinds of conveyances; from all walks of life. There
was a stoutish wo^an with a thin, little secretary. They are
connected with the Columbia Broadcasting Systerr. in New York, They
are supposed to be on a vacation. But, the rather large lady, ;.:ary
Martha ..cBr'.de - sometimes on the radio, Martha Denne, became so
intrigued with the Inn she wants to broadcast about it. The Secretary
jotted down the information, .ass -Ac Bride was very pleasant. She
has a program for housewives and wants to tell the..: about the Inn; its
history, its hospitality and its food.
Monday, July 4th, 1938
Tourists from all parts of the country are stopping here. Just
before luncheon time, Mr. and Mrs, Wm. Bryant from Detroit came in.
Mr. Bryant is Mrs* Ford's brother. He is very jolly and ,ts. Bryant a
sweet, little lady. They stayed for dinner, then went on to Boston.
But they came back later in the evening to stay overnight. We hope they
will stay more than one night.
iw iss Katherine Schultz
A little guest \n Austrian
dress. Can you see the feather
in h" s cap?
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Tuesday, July 5, 1938 Very pleasant
Mr. and Mrs. Bryant started off early this morning to see more of
New England. It was a beautiful morning and a^s we stood on the front
step with Mr. Bryant, he suggested that we close the Inn and all go with
him on a days outingl He promised to provide a fish dinner 1 We were tempted,
but remembered that we couldn't disappoint the other guests who often come
many, many miles to see this lovely old Inn.
The mail today brought a nice, long letter fron Mrs. E. J. Cutler.
She was here, it will be remembered some tl we in May with it. Cutler and
"Winnie". We enjoyed their visit very much and were sorry to hear of
Mr. Cutler's illness. Mrs, Cutler has written a splendid poei:. about the
Inn. It has fifteen verses. We regret that space forbids a complete
copy, but here are two representative stanzas.
"The old Inn stands just as of yore
The battered sign still swings before
The cozy porch a welcome holds
With sSats on either side
And lilac bushes - large and old
The doorway almost hide.
A story here one fain would weave
The strain of r.odern life relieve
A room that one feels loathe to leave
To view the thngs in store
For treasure one can scarce believe
Is there from days of yore."
Wednesday, July 6, 1938 Pheasant
One of the fondest of Wayside Inn traditions is the visit, each year,
of Mr. and Mr 3. Ford's grandchildren. They stop over here on their way to
Seal Harbor Maine. We can remember when Josephine was a tiny, little girl
with long, black curls. William was a baby in arms. The boys, Benson and
Henry II used to wear short linen trousers with blue coats and wide, white
collars. The boys are now young men. We haven't seen them for two or three
years. But today, Josephine and William were here as usual. They cane as
in former years with their grandmother, Mrs. Clay. Now, it seems, Josephine
and William are grown up too. But we hope that they will never forget their
childhood visits to the Wayside Inn. It has always been a treat for us to
have them here. May the Wayside Inn remain through life as one of their
happiest childhood memories!
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Thursday, July 7, 1938 Pleasant, warm
iriiy Tatnall of Philadelphia
He is very much interested in the old fashioned dances. Knows
Mr. Ford and is loaning some machinery for the Ford exhibit at the
World's Fair in New York. Mr. Tatnall is of an old Quaker family. He
dances and plays cricket.
A gentleman F 70 years old.
This gentleman can spin, knit, make candles, and \tfeave. He makes
candles in a tin mould and explained to us the process of twist ng the
candle wick to get it through the small end of the mould. It was dipped
in a little tallow first. Then"you spit on your finger and twi sted it
tight between thumb and forefinger and forced it through and Oh, how it
tasted!" The hostess asked "Good or bad?" The gentleman replied: "What
do you suppose! It w>s good mutton tallow off my fathers own sheep that
he raised himself!"
Two school teachers from Arizona
First school teacher: "I'm going to buy a copy of the Tales of
a Wayside Inn if I don't buy another thng on th. : s trip".
Second school teacher: "Well, I guess, I'll have to buy one, too.
I never expect to get this way again.
Dignified, aristocratic-looking lady
When the"sombre" clock in the Parlor w^s called to this lady's
attention, she told us about a clock of her own. She said that it was
similiar in appearance to the clock in our parlor and of about the
same period. It has one additional feature, however. There is a long
sting attached to the clock which you can pull as you lie in bed. When
the sting is pulled a bell strikes off the nearest hour.
Friday, July 8, 1938 Very warm
Today marked the first visit of the Tauck Tour for this season. It
was like welcoming an old member of the family. [Jr. Tauck cane h'mself and
J oe, the Bus driver, spent most of hi3 time in shaking hands with members
of the personal here. "Gee," he said, "its like getting home to see you
all". Joe was nice to the teacher at the Redstone School. Because of its
being the first day of school, he presented her with a box of c.?ndy. ;..r.
Tauck has two conductors in training for the job of guiding his New England
Tour. Every week they start out from New York City, up through the
Adirondack mountains, across Lake Champlain to the White Mountains, aerea-s
to Portland, Uaine* down the coast to Boston and here for luncheon on Friday.
Then back to New York City by Saturday night. Its a wonderful tour and a fine
group of people. We look forward to the Taucks fron: one Friday to the next.
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Saturday, July 9, 1938 Very war:;:
fte are quite agog over the expected visit of Swedish royalty. An
advance guard has informed us that the Prince Bertil, son of the Crown
Prince and Princess of Sweden - is to visit us next Monday morning at
11 o'clock. Of course the Swedish people are having their own celebration
this summer - to commemorate the arrival of the first Swedes Ln this country-
300 years ago. They first settled in Delaware. The little Swedish coffee
house in the center of South Sudbury is gayly decorated with the blue and
yellow flag - in anticipation of the prince's visit. He is to be given the
key to the city of Worcester on lionday afternoon. Enroute he will stop here.
We are wondering just how we should address our royal visitor and should we
make a courtesy when he approaches? It will be thrilling to show him the Inn.
We hope that he will stay long enough to see everything, the coaches, the
school and the Mill, etc.
Apropos of the visit of Prince Bertil we have entertained, this week, two
interesting Swedish people. First, a young ran who i3 blind. He was
graduated from Gustaf Adolf college in Minnesota and fro:.: the liusic School of
the same college. He has 100 musical compositions to his credit and played for us
on the old piano in the Ball room. He showed us his watch. It was given to him
by the people in the sirall town where he lives. When Mr. Hobart touches a tiny
button on the watch, a little chime rings out the exact time of day. The watch
cost $500.00. The hostess "guided" the young nan through the Inn. He wanted
to touch everything and feel of everything as he went along.
Miss Fisher reco.eriized the second Swedish visitor as Madame Sundelius.
She is a member of the Swedish royal party. It seer^s that Miss Fisher and
Aladame Sundelius were once pupils of the saie singing teacher 'n Boston. At
that time, uaadame Sundelius w as known as the "Swedish Nightingale" of Boston.
She has since become a member of the .. etropolitan Opera Company. She was
accompanied by two friends and the party enjoyed luncheon here.
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Sunday, July 10, 1938 Pleasant
We remember that when M r. Ford last visited the Inn, he made a
call at the old home of Ralph Waldo Emerson. This is one of the
finest houses in Concord. It sets back from the street under the shade
of huge old trees. It is a typical New England square fran.e house
painted white. Inside one finds many mementoes of the great
philosopher, placed in the spacious stately rooms. The house is now
occupied by two maiden ladies, Miss Heard and .'iss Liggett. We felt
favored today when Miss Liggett came to visit the Wayside inn. She
came with several young people. They stayed for tea. After tea,
Misr Liggett gave us all a very cordial invitation to see the Emerson
house. It is not generally open to the public.
The Redstone School i s to be open this Summer to our guests.
Mrs, Bennett, teacher in the Southwest School will be hostess at the
Mary Lamb School every afternoon. We have asked her to make a note of
important happenings at the School house; the reaction of the guests;
interesting visitors; stories that are told to her about school days
etc. Beginning tomorrow a brief account will be given in the Diary.
konday, July 11, 1938 Partly cloudy
VISIT OF BERTH . PRINCE OF SWEDEN
Instead of a bellowing coach horn, there was a sound of shrilling
sirens. A long, shiny motor car drew up at the front door. On either
side of it were uniformed men on motorcycles. In the rear, a long
procession of automobiles came quickly to a standstill. The Prince
stepped out - Prince Bertil of Sweden., third son to His Royal Highness,
the Crown Prince of Sweden. The Prince is good looking. He is rightly
celled "Prince Charming". His tall, manly figure seemed slightly
stooped in the low rooms of the Inn. He carried a cane. When ! iss
der..ille guided him through the house and told him a brief story of "t,
the Prince listened. attentively.
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Monday July 11 - continued
The Prince spoke in English and understood it perfectly. No interpreter
tagged along. Just the Prince and Miss dei/iille. A small company of people
followed at a respectful distance. There was a military aide, a naval attache,
the Swedish Consul General in Boston, Gentleman to the King's Bedchamber, the
royal Chamberlain, a half dozen newspaper men and women, photographers and
last of all, a few curious people who wanted to have a "look" at our distinguished
guest. The Prince seemed oblivious to those about him. He listened and
looked through the rooms on the first fldor with the greatest of ease and
interest. Everyone admired him. The photographers snapped picture after
picture. We like the one taken at the old Bar when the Prince- registered in
our Special Guest Book. He leaned against the Bar with pen in hand and quickly
wrote his name - "Bertil, Prince of Sweden." Flash lights flashed from the
opposite corner of the room. Then there were a few people who wanted to shake
hands; one who asked for his autograph.
PRINCE BERIM. WELCO ED by
George N. Jeppson, general
chairman of local co ttee.
...r. Jeppson is at the left.
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Monday July 11 - continued
In the parlor, the Prince sat besi.de the old Gate-leg table while
newspaper reporters interviewed him. Always he was the Prince Charging,
gracious, cordial, unassuming and sincere. We would like to have had him
stay a long time. But almost quicker than you can say "Jack Robinson" he
was bidding farewell and was whisked off down the driveway. ..motorcycles sped
ahead, the line of automobiles followed.
Uovce s re<- "P oi r ~i 1 1,
PRINCE BERIIL REGISTERS
at V» ay side Inn where he
!.ade a short stop and
was roet by the Worcester
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to Pr'nce BertQ who
..; jeen here Ln3pecting
anc'.ent i Lx ng bowl an J
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The Inn has entertained royalty - a real Prince. For a few minutes
after the last shrill note of the Siren was heard, we sat down, talked it
all over and felt that another important chaper of Wayside Inn history had
just rolled by.
PR.NCE BERI L
leav ng the Wayside .nn
Two Swedish ladies in
native dress. Here to
welcome the"r Pr'nce -
fro-, the little Swedish
Coffee house in South
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Monday, July 11 - continued
We were disappointed that the foreign Prince did not have time
to see the school. We had a visitor from "across the water" th 1 ' s after-
noon, however. She wa3 a teacher from London. And she told us that the
Redstone School was the most Interesting place she had visited on her whole tour!
luesday, July 12, 1938 ' Cloudy
Those who came in contact with .aster Henry Iv.acGuffy last Saturday, were
delighted to meet the grand nephew of Willia 1 " Holmes McGuffy. We liked
Henry very much. He was so unspoiled. He didn't try to show offj he didn't brag
about his school. He listened quietly to our story. He asked intelligent
questions. After having luncheon here, he went down to the Redstone School. The ^oSe«
there found Henry, 9| years old, so interesting that for a moment she forgot
to tell him anything about -wary and Her Iambi Henry interrupted. He brought the
teacher" down to earth with this; "Is there something interesting that you can
tell me about this little school house?" We all thought Henry^aplendid young man,
well worthy of carrying on h ; s great name. It is pleasant to think of him at the
Scotch Settlement School in Dearborn.
A young lady, 16 years old, from Suffield, Connecticut was n-uch intrigued
with the old organ in the school house. She had never tried to play on one
before. She played Voonlight Sonata" but every little while she would forget
to puiopl Then she wondered why the music stopped!
Wednesday, July 13, 1938 Pleasant
A Mr. and I^rs. Rose fro.. Pelham Manor , New York have two little girls in
a camp at Shewsbury, near here. Two weeks ago they came to the Tnn (the father
and mother) and stayed overnight. Last week we received a letter from ..r. Rose
in which he asked us to arrange a Birthday party for his daughter. He wanted
it to be a surprise, wonted us to write and invite the child and her friends
to come to the Inn. We wrote three letters, one to the father acknowledging his
request; one to the Director of the Camp and the third to the little girl.
Today was the Birthday. The party didn't work out just as we had planned. There was
no cake because there was to be a cake at the caiup. But nine attractive young
girls and one counselor came for luncheon. They 3tayed around a. long time - saw
the Inn and walked to the school and mill.
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REDSION E SCHOO L
Eleven Girl Scouts and three Counsellors fro.r, Caiip riary Day held a
picnic in the school yard today. They were much pleased ?/ith the little school.
They told the teacher all about a day of camp life and sang one of their camp
songs "The Gypsy Life".
Thursday, July 14, 1938 Very wart
"I have visited 46 states and have found this
to be the best eating place, anywhere."
"I cane here 50 years ago and I do not think I will
be here again for another 50 years."
"In most old houses the hostesses are not well
informed. Here you seen: to have a very good
background for your story* You know what you are v
Forty- two girl Scouts fro:: Cedar Hill, Walthai/. had a merry time at the
School House today. They wrote poems and sang songs. When the Gray Line Bus
drove up at 3 o'clock the teacher rang the bell and the guests all care running up
the path. The last one in war late, so he had to sit in the front of the roo- .
There was some fine singing led by a gentleman 'n the group. His wife played the
old organ and all gathered around for a song before school was dismissed. One
lady said that she went to a little school just like the Redstone and married the
teacher. Her husband recited a poem.
Friday, July 15, 1938 Pleasant
Our dear friends ivir. and L'.rs. Gookin frorr Cambridge continue to make the
Inn a kind of second home and come here for a day whenever they feel like it. They
never cease to tell us of their appreciation of the Inn. Tf a new person is
introduced, then Mrs. Gookin will tell of former days here, when whe and r. Gookin
used to come by train on a Sunday - away fron the crowded city whece they worked
through the week. They used to sit on the front step of the Inn and eat their ho: e
made lunch. Now they spend a whole day. They come on the Bus early in the
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Friday, July 15 - continued
morning; have lunch and sometimes suoper before they leave. We think they
are a wonderful couple - always cheerful, full of fun and anxious not to disturb
any of the regular routine of the Inn. They never ask for special favors or
want special attention. Today we asked Mrs. Gookin if she was going to have a
Sumner vacation. "No" she said "we do not go anywhere for a vacation - only
to the Wayside Inn. This is our vacation - to con'e here to this lovely spot once
a week or so. Its the very best kind of a Sunder vacation for usi"
The first big group of the day was the Tauck Tour. We played school,
reciting poems and singing songs. w.uch to everyone's anusexent, a big red apple
was presented the "teacher". Then everyone began to say "teachers pet". Several
pictures were taken of the teacher ringing the bell.
Saturday, July 16, 1938 Very warm
School teachers enjoy very much the little old "card of merit" which hangs
on the wall in the Parlor. A school teacher today asked if she could copy it.
It is a quaint th ng - a piece of paper on wh:'.ch it states that Adair Howe, by hi^s
diligence and application to his studies has 3tood at the head of his class - "for
which he merits the name of a good scholar" The teacher today was the Principal
of a very large school in Omaha, Nebraska.
A baby l\ months old from Pittsburg, Pa. visited the school today. She
sat on the top of a front desk and prattled. She vuight have been trying to
recite "I»iary had a little lamb".
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Sunday, July 17, 1938
Pleasant - rain at night
A large baby's basket, on wheels, attracted a lot of attention at the
Inn today. In the basket was a darling three months old baby, all the way
from Rochester, New York.
Liss Katherine Gable
The prowd father, Mr. Gable, is connected w^ th the Eastman Kodak Company.
This nextyear, Mr. Gable will spend at the Mass. Institute of Technology. He
has won a scholardhip to study there and has just arrived in Boston with his
family. The family consists of Mrs. Gable and the baby. They all seemed very
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Sunday, July 17 - continued
much pleased with the Inn. We seated thei in an inconspicuous place in the
dining room where the baby could be right beside the table and could bill and
coo to her hearts content. Later they walked around the yard; kept baby in the
shade of a tree on the lawn. This is where we took the picture. Mr, and Mrs.
Gable said: "You'll see us frequently. We'll probably be coding out here
about every Sunday while we're in Boston."
This was Children's Day at the school. A great many children visited the
school house today and many asked: "Which was nary' s seat?" Barbara Weldon,
3 years old, from Pawtucket, Rhode Island recited the first verse of the poem
"i^ary R>d a little lamb". Two picnics were enjoyed at the long picnic table under
the pine trees in the school yard.
Monday, July 18, 1938
Little Janet deserves a whole special day of the Diary. She is Mr.
Knowlton's grandaughter. He loves her dearly and talks to us about Janet when-
ever he comes to dine here. Mr, Knowlton is one of our old friends and stops
here for luncheon quite regularly. When he speaks about Janet his eyes brighten
and he laughs and chuckles to himself. We've met Janet once before. She
came in a family party for Thanksgiving dinner. It was her Birthday, too and
she had a cake.
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Monday, July 18 - continued
Yesterday little Janet came again. This tii e to help celebrate the
wedding anniversary of her grandmother and grandfather. Her mother and
father completed the party. We fixed a little basket of candy which Jnnet is
holding in the picture.
Mr. and Mrs. Knowlton, their daughter and
son-in-law and little Janet - grandaughter.
William DeVries from Rochester, New York visited the school today. He
is 10§ years old and was the youngest to win a state and national contest for
his model of a racing car. For a prize, William will fly to Akron, Ohio on
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Tuesday, July 19, 1938
Rain all day
A story which Hiss de^ille often tells to our guests is the following:
A small boy and his still smaller brother were listening intently to the
explanation of preparing wool for the spinning wheel .) how the yarn is
wound into skeins on the Clock-reel. The older boy did not quite "catch" the
idea, so he asked Miss deMille to explain the process in detail. She said:
"To do it properly, you put your hand on the little knob, turn the reel around
forty times* tie the yarn with a knot; 10 knots make a skein etc." Then little
brother spoke up: "Aw shucks, whats the use of trying to learn that stuff I
It'll all be out of style by the tine we're grown up!"
Rather a quiet day at the Redstone School. At 3 o^ clock a big bus load
arrived for its daily lesson of recitations and singing.
Wednesday, July 20, 1938
Instead of giving the children first place In the Diary today, we are
going to talk about the weather! We are having one of the worst rain stor.ns
in years. It started last Sunday night. It has rained almost continuously
ever since and it is still raining today. The weather man does not promise relief
for some days to come. In the late afternoon it sometimes clears off, looks
brighter and we feel encouraged that it may mean permanent pleasant weather.
Then comes a perfect deluge, - rain, rain and more rain.
Redstone and Southwest
school children in
■free Planting exercises
on the Inn lawn, June, 1938.
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An elderly couple from New York stopped to see the little school.
The gentleman said: "I air. a great admirer of Mr, Ford and am driving one of
his good cars." One of our guests today had a delightful time playing the old
organ and singing. At three o'clock the bell rang for three Bus loads of
people. They all came running up the path - anxious to get a seat in the
school while the "teacher" told the story.
Thursday, July 21, 1938 Heavy rain
itfiiss Fielding has contributed the following for Children's Week.
Speaking of the little Card of .V.erit in the Parlor which says that Adam
Howe - by his diligence and application to his studies has stood at the head
of his class, Miss Fielding noticed a small boy in the group, eager to
say someting. He came forward, pointed to the card: "You see that", he
said, "well, in the first place I'd never get it. In the second place I
wouldn't want iti"
It was so rainy today that very few people came into the school house.
One little girl from Kansas City loved the little school and she told us all
about a school, similar to ours, that she had attended in the West.
Friday, July 22, 1938 Heavy rain
Hostess: "Do you know what a spider is?" (meaning a frying pan)
SkbII boy: "Yes, its one of those little things that has a lot of
Hostess: "Here is a pair of little boots that were worn by a little
girl, years ago. They are made alike. The little
girl could wear them on either foot. She didn't have to
look when she put them on."
Small boy: "Yes, but she'd have to concentrate when she was lacing
Three special Tour groups had luncheon at the Inn today and visited the
School. They were, the Tauck lours from New York, Kari Tours fro;.; New York
and the Bixler Tours from New Philadelphia, Ohio.
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Saturday, July 23, 1938 Heavy rain
A nice young couple with two little girls came froro New Jersey today
to spend the night at the Wayside Inn. The mother ex plained: "This is
the very first time our little girls have been away from home on a trip
of this sort and the Wayside Inn is our very first stopping place." After
they had been in their rooms for a while, the father cane down stairs and
asked if we had a clothes line on the propertyl He wanted to hang up his
daughters clothes. The rain had drenched the little girls through and
through. It seems that they had to ride in a rumble seat part of the way
from New Jersey.
One of our guests today, a gentleman in one of the Tour groups, said
that just before he started on his trip, his small son had asked him If there
was a real Uary and a real lamb. "Now when I get home", said our guest, "I
en tell my boy that its true; I'll tell him all about the school".
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Sunday, July 24, 1938 Clearing
The weather man prom ' sed fair weather this afternoon. It finally
came after seven days of hard, pouring rain which has done much damage
throughout New England. We were fortunate, here at the Inn, that no
great loss was suffered with our crops. The Sudbury river has overflowed
and many of the neighboring farmers will be deprived of their garden
produce. One of the largest and best known farms across the Sudbury line,
in Wayland, is almost completely submerged. Two men in a row boat were
gliding over acres of cabbages this afternoon. The road from Sudbury to
Concord is closed in one place where the witer has formed a miniature lake
across the highway. At last the sun is here and to stay - according to
the weather man. We feel, however, like the man who was pictured in the
paper last evening. He had his umbrella still up even tho' the sun was
shinning. He didn't dare look at the sun! But we know that the sun is
here. We can see it shine in the brighter faces of our guests, the smiles
and cheerfulness displayed. All reflect the welcome appearance of old
A family from Winnipeg with a little girl, 9 years old, visited the
school this afternoon. The little girl wanted to stay here and attend our
fourth grade. She carried one of the feiary L^mb books home to show her class
Monday, July 25, 1938 Very warn
Summer at the Wayside Inn would not be Summer at the Wayside Inn
without the Grey Line Bus groups. They come as regularly as Summer Itself.
Every afternoon almost on the very dot of three o'clock, a flock of people
appear at our gate having just disembarked fron. the Buses. Sometimes there
are three or four Bus loads, mostly the Bus people are eager, jolly and
interested. We anticipate a little weariness, however. Ibis is theirlast
stopping place. They have come from Boston through Lexington and Concord;
have heard many dates, much about Paul Revere and have seen several old
houses. Therefore our story n.ust be short, concise, entertaining. We uust
compass the whole history of the house, point out the most important, most
necessary details in a very few minutes time. We try to instill in these
Bus groups a feeling of respect and reverence, an appreciation of the life aid
thought of our ancestors. We want them to grasp the real spirit of the Inn arr
all that it stands for; to take back to their homes a lasting, worthwhile im-
pression of the Wayside Inn.
There is time for a hurried look through the rooms on the second floor.
Then the Bus conductors are at the front door calling: "All aboard, Grey Line!"
The guests scramble to make a few purchases of post cards and books, give a
fleeting word of farewell and the Buses are off towards the city. By 3:45 the
Wayside Inn has resumed its normal routine.
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Monday, July 25 - continued
A nice group from London, England were much interested in our old school
building. They have nothing like it in England.
Tuesday, July 26, 1938 Warn
A man who claimed to be the author of the poem "The Face on the Bar-
room floor" spent several hours here recently. He was an elderly gentleman and
carried with him a bunch of pamphlets on wh.ch were printed the poem. He sat in a
chair in the Bar-room and told his story. People who could recall the poem -
popular twenty years ago - were a bit sceptical - did not think i;ir. Titus'
version of the poem was authentic. Mr. Titus, however, proved to be a rather
picutresque person. So much so, that Sir. Howard UcCall, another guest wanted
to make a sketch of faim. Instead of drawing a face on the Bar-room flooj:, as the
artist did in the famous poem, our guest drew the face of the author sitting in the
Bar-room at Wayside Inn.
A lady from Vermont told us that she attended a school very much like this and
her teacher came to school on horseback. If the children were very good they were
allowed to have a ride on the horse - which was considered a great treat.
Wednesday, July 27, 1938 Warm
Guest from Toledo Ohio: *
"This has been the most interesting part of our
Guest from Liorr i stown , New Jersey:
"It has been most inspiring to be here."
Guest from Boston:
"I have enjoyed this as much as if 1 owned it myself."
Letter from Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin:
"This part of my tour (Wayside Inn) was the most
interesting of all."
A gentleman from Michigan said that he used to like one particular story in
Tfy' s 4th Reader. It made a g]
>tten it. We let him see a re]
the story - "Waste not, Want not."
McGuffy's 4th Reader. It made a great impression on him and he had never
forgotten it. We let him see a reprint of the 4th Reader. He turned right to
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Thursday, July 28, 1938 Warm
Two little girls, dressed alike, found their way to the front row of
the party which was being shown through the Inn. In the old Kitchen, the
older and larger girl spoke right up. She was interested; forgot herself
completely and asked a great many intelligent question^; almost too R any!
The hostess in her endeavor to answer every question painstakingly, realized
that some of the other guests in the group were wandering away. Therefore
she suggested that the group move on across the hall. Here they saw a
canopied bed. Before the hostess could start in speaking, the little girl began:
"The Governor's bed would have looked like this if it had been fixed up. The
Governor at Charleston, I mean. And the Governor' s wife had the lovliest
spread on her bed! It was made by Japanese children - all by hand - children
under ten years of age, because their fingers were nimble enough to do the
very fine work!" By this time the father and mother were trying to "hush" their
child. She still remained on the front row, however, and listened to every
word. When the Parlor was reached and the story was nearing its close, the
father wanted to take the little girl away, w-nted her to go into the Dining
room for luncheon. But she stamped her foot and said "no". The last we saw of
our little guest, she was in her fathers arms, being carried out bodily!
In our school session this afternoon, one little "boy" from Detroit, who
had bean an engineer in the Ford motor Co. for 25 years, had to come down and
sit in the front seat because he whispered to the "boy" across the aisle.
He was much embarrassed and said he would be a better boy tomorrow!
Friday, July 29, 1938 Warm
And Friday would not be Friday anymore without the Tauck Tours. They
came today as usual; 36 in the party. This includes "Joe" the <triver and
Mr. Kaufman conductor, liost of the company are women. You sense a spirit of
good will and good fellowship immediately the group enters. Mr. Tauck stresses
that. He Is careful in his selection of drivers and conductors. They stop at
the best hotels. They cau3e as little trouble as possible. You want to help
them; give them your best service. We look forward each week to Friday and the
Tauck Tours. When they reach here, they are not tired out, but ready and
anxious to hear the storyof the house. Today we heard gales of laughter as the
Taucks went through . At other times during the tour you could have heard a
pin drop. When the story is finished in the Parlor, they proceed to the d'n ; .ng
room for luncheon. After luncheon they see the rooms on the second floor, buy
books and post cards, visit the coach house , t he jk walk down to the Redstone School,
An informal program such as this is carried out at the Redstone School when
the Tauck Tour group arrives.
"Joe" rings the school bell at the door
Teacher greets the "pupils"
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The History lesson begins (about the Redstone School)
"Joe", pet pupil, present's an apple to the teacher.
The teacher tells the story of iviary and Her Lair.b.
Questions at the end of the Mary Lamb lesson in r cGuffy' s reader,
Recitations by "pupils"
Joe leads the class In singing "Schdol Days"
Teacher dismisses the class.
Saturday, July 30, 1938 Warm
/We have thought perhaps Shirley Temple, the little child actess, would visit
us today. She has cone to Boston to do some sight seeing. She wants particularly
to see places of historical interest. Some newspaper i:en and photographers
have been hovering around. So far we have had no official announcer.) ent of a visit
Mr. and Mrs. Bowker came with their arms full of roses this evening. They
also bcught us another tiny, hand blown bottle in which we have put soiue of
Mrs. Bowker 1 s Tom Thumb roses.
Another Tauck Tour group cane today. This time only 10 in the party.
Some guests fro^ Wisconsin told about listening to the broadcast of Mr. Ford's
Birthday party in Detroit at noon time. They thought the high light of the
program was the singing of "Happy Birthday" by 8,000 Detro-t school children.
A guest tc^ us today that she teaches in a 200 year old school in a Quaker
Church in northern New Jersey. She described the situation as similar to that of
the Redstone School - modern children a t tending school in a historical building.
This school was for several years a demonstration school of Columbia University.
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Sunday, July 31, 1938 Very warm
We have been favored recently by several visits from L-^dy Grenfell.
She came the other day a little after tea time, But the English must
have their tea, you know, so we amnged it for her. She was very
appreciative. She came again todaj. This ti ; ne for supper and brought
with her some children, Not children really, but two young ladies in
their early 1 teens. Lady GrenfeU seems to enjoy the Inn very nuch.
Today she sat for a long rime on the high backed settle in the Bar-
room, as if very much at home in this kind of Old English atmosphere.
Mr. Ford's Birthday has brought a notice, in one of the newspapers,
of other successful men born on the same day, (July 30) . They are as
James E. Kelly - engraver and scul tor
Lettie S. Bigelow - poet and author
Elmer R. Reynolds - ethnologist
Robert J. ("Bob") Burdette - journalist
William T. Adams ("Oliver Optic")- author.
About 75 children enjoyed the Redstone School house, today. They
played in the yard, romped under the trees and put the swing to very
good use! When they came into the school, almost every one asked "Where
did Mary sit?"
Monday, August, 1, 1938 Very warm
Four little girls from 3 to 6 years of age, gave us a treat in the
Old Kitchen recently. They did not cook a meal by the open fire, but
gave us a real song feast 1 This is what happened. They were listening
to the hostess tell the story in the kitchen. When the"Spider"with its
three sturdy legs and long handle was explained, the little 3 year old said:
"Lets sing; lets sing, 'Teeny, weeny Spider' I So right then and t^here the
four sweet little voices were heard in this lovely, childhood song -
much to the delight of everyone present including several other guests.
Teeny, weeny spider went up
the water spout
Down came the rain and
washed the spider out
Out. caT:e the sun and dried
up all the rain
Then teeny, weeny spider went
up the spout again I
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This was a very busy afternoon. Four buses brought many guests
to renew their school days with a history lesson, poe^s and songs.
Tuesday, August 2, 1938 Very warm
Viihile looking at f a pegged table in the old dining room today, a guest
asked the hostess if she knew the origin of the saying "dead as a door nail".
The hostess replied that she did not know, so the guest proceeded to enlighten
her. Door nails in the old day s wsre wooden pegs. So the deadest, best
seasoned wood had to be used for them. Thus originated the simile - for
apparently a door nail was the "deadest" tlrmg that could be imagined.
A young lady in one of the Bus groups today was nruch interested in the
story when she learned that unary Sawyer had married a :.r. Tyler. She was
Wednesday, August 3, 1938 Very warm
Our luncheon guests at the Inn today were about 40 iiasons. The hosts were
the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts ond they were entertaining several members
of the organization from Great Britian. After lunch one of the hostesses took the^
through the house. The Masons from England were T iuch entertained by the
hostess* American interpretation of the Revolutionary War. They laughed
heartily when they were told that Ephraim Smith borrowed the musket which hangs
over the mantle in the Bar-room, "to be prepared when the British arrived",
and the Paul Revere prints that were used to stir up feeling against Great
Britian. One of the members of the Massachusetts lodge was so pleased with the
way the hostess told the story that he promised to send her a Biography of
George Washington. Another wrote a letter of appreciation the following day.
Such fun as we had play ..ng school. Forty people who came in the Gray Line
Bus this afternoon entered right into the spirit of school. One young lady had
to stand behind the door for talking without raising her hand, another was
obliged to put her gum in the stove, while a third had to change seats because
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Thursday, August 4, 1938 Very warm
There was considerable excitement caused this morning by a telephone
report that Shirley Temple was on her way to Lexington, Concord and the
Wayside Inn. This brought lots of children to our doorstep, adults as
well. Several reporters were here and camera ."ien. They waited on the
lawn, stood first on one foot, then the other; looked anxiously at every
approaching car, waited for telephone calls. The report finally can e that
little Shirley had turned back from Concord and was reposing peacefully
at her hotel in Boston. It was a disappointment especially to the youngsters.
About noon time the little company of people on the lawn, disbanded; went away
feeling a bit weary and sad. We couldn't learn whether the extremely war
weather had prevented a visit here or whether the tour time was limited.
Anyway, Shirley was on her way back to California at 3 o'clock this rafternoon.
Several children that graduated from this little Bchool, called on us this
afternoon. They enjoyed the swing and see-saw and one boy very proudly
showed his friend where he sat tfhen he attenced the Mary Lamb School.
Friday, August, 5, 1938 Very warm
We had thought that noth ng could "dampen" or "take the starch out" of the
Tauck Tour groups. They can always be depended upon to be responsive, cooper-
ative and full of fun. Today, however, the high humidity and hi^\te. perature
of the pa^t week showed its effect - even ow the Tauck Tour group. They were
interested - yes - but the lively spirit usually displayed was lacking. We
spoke to Joe and Mr. Kaufman("Koffee") about it. They agreed that the whole
week's tour had been the sane way. The guests had seemed to be enjoying them-
selves, but as "Koffee" said: "This trip has been like just a great long
ridel" Everybody has lacked "pep". Its no wonder when the themoneter is
hovering in the 90' s every day.
A visitor at the school today said that he had had the home of .ary
Sawyer pointed out to him in the town of Sterling. He told us thatthe old
homestead is now a tea room.
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Saturday, August 6, 1938 Very wanD
its unusual to have a wedding party at this time of year. We had one
today, however. A Mr. and Mrs. W. W. icAlpLne of Worcester invited 40 of their
friends here for a wedding supper. They had one long table and several
smaller tables in the old dining roo:<<. Ln the center of the head table was
a large wedding cake. IheBride started to cut it - into 40 pieces or r ore -
and found that she was getting into real trouble! She called for help. Yie
hastily carried the cake ;nto the pantry and in a short tine, by the combined
efforts of hostesses and waitresses, the whole, large cake had disappeared.
It reappeared Ln the dining room in the form of srcali squares, each wra.jped
in a paper napkin and each with a pure white cosmos tied on top of itl The cakes
were then placed on a tray. This made a pretty picture - a mass of white
cosmos and a ve y dainty dish to set before a Bride.
TheHeacher' told a group today about the Universal fame of the poem of
Mary and the Lamb. After the "class" was dismissed an elderly lady told
the teacher that she received her early education at Bay Roberts, Newfoundland
and that memorizing the poem of Mary and Her Lamb was one of her earliest
ropcollections. The reader containing the poem was printed in England. She
said that as she and her playmates walked to school they would chant the poem.
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Sunday, August 7, 1938 Pleasant
A good V'ayside Inn friend is Ur« Walter H. Harding of Sudbury.
His son niarried Elizabeth Beckwith, one time hostess at the Inn. Mr.
Harding is a kindly gentlemen and once in a while appears at the Inn with
a grandchild by his side. His last visit happened on the day the Wayside
Inn Schools were having Tree Day exercises. Mr. Harding stood and watched
the children for a long time. He seered to be enjoying himself while
casting one eye on a small grandson who wanted to climb to the top of the
pump in the front yard. On July 22, a letter appeared in the Boston
Transcript written by Mr. Hardine. He says in part:
"It was my privilege to attend the
tree planting exercises at the Way-
side Inn Schools in this town. The
schools are sponsored by Henry Ford.
While enjoying the program, I also
enjoyed to the full this unspoiled
bit of New England - the old Inn-
set in the midst of the primeval
forest, the well kept grounds, not
a bill board or hot dog stand for
1 noted the pilgrims arriving at
this historic spot, noted cars
from Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Mich-
igan, one from California, many from
Ne*. York and all Nev, England. And
I thought of the man who has made
possible the preservation of this
ancient Inn and its associations
and what he has done for this
An English lady played "God Save the King" on the old organ
and her husb'-nd sang, ;iany of the visitors enjoyed this informal
concert - particularly some guests from Scotland.
..ionday, August, 8, 1938 Pleasant
It all happened with one group of guests. The hostess started
to tell ! he story of the h use to a nice looking young couple. They were
joined by two elderly ladies and a young man. Then followed a middle
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aged couple. By the time the Parlor was reached, the group had
increased to a large number, the room was filled with interested visitors.
When the hostess finished her story she was approached by the middle aged
couple. "We want to know more about your pewter here. Is it marked?
Is it all American pewter?" Next came a young man. "I wa~ interested in
what you said about the Howe family. I am a doctor in P^rkesburg, Perm,
and one of my patients is a Mrs. George Harris, 82 years old, and a
descendant of the Wayside Inn Howe family. She will be so pleased when I
tell her that I was really here and saw the Howe family Coat-of-Arms."
The third person to approach the hostess was an elderly lady. She wanted
to know about *ranklin stoves. She had recently bought one at an auction.,
wondered if she should use andirons or a small grate in the stove. This
will show the number ani variety of questions adked from just one group of
people on a busy Summer day.
A Sister from North Dakota was much impressed with our school
house today. She had travelled many miles to see it.
Tuesday, August 9, 1938 Pleasant
Seeing is deceiving at times. That is what our guests think
when we ask them to tell us, approximately, the height of our tall, silk beaver
hat. It is the kind of hat worn by gentlemen a century ago, and our hat
reposes in a leather box in the George Washington Bed room. Sometimes especial] y
if there is a child in the party, we 8sk him to put his hand against the wall
the distance up from the floor which he thinks would be the height cf the hat.
We ask the child to look at the hat closely, to measure by his eye. The
other guests sometimes help and say: "No, it is hlgh^er" or "You've got it too
low". At any rate, the person will always, without exception, measure too high.
When the hat is placed on the floor the hand is usually two or three inches
higher than the hat. This is an optical illusion. The brim of the hat is
just as wide as the crown is high. For some curious reason the human eye
tends to find greater deminsion in vertical things than it does in horizontal.
A guest told us that in Llangowllan, North Wales, there were, in the
17th eentury, two eccentric old ladies living alone in a lovely old manor
house. People say that these two old ladies were the originators of the
"Mary Had a Little lamb" poem - and that they went to the school house wh'ch
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Wednesday, August 10, 1838 Pleasant
Our houseguests last night were Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Hyland of
Wilton, Conn. Mr. Hyland is in charge of the overseas business of the
Western Union. He has cooperated with Mr. Ford on several historical
projects concerning Thomas Edison. Mr. Edison wap at one time an em-
ployee of Western Union. In Indianapolis, Mr. Hyland found a Western
Union payroll signed by Mr. Edison. This he presented to Mr. Ford. ■ L he
Western Union Company also found pieces of the original Atlantic Cable.
These pieces of cable were sent to England to a cable manufacturer to
be taken apart and mounted in an exhibit to show the construction of the
various layers of cable. This exhibit is now on display in Greenfield
i.:ary i-argaret iv-cBride the girl from the Columbia Broadcasting
System who was here several weeks ago, talked about the Inn on her program
this mornirg. A guest told us about listening to the program. She was
planning to come here and was surprised to hear about the Inn on a national
radio Hour on the very day she was intending to come.
r. and -rs. Gookin, our dear old friends from Cambridge, who
have been coming to the Inn for 18 years, visited theRedstone School
Thursday, August, 11, 1938 Cloudy
Our most interested as well as interesting guest today was
five year old Carol Cronk of Wellesley, Mass. As Carol went through the
house with a hostess, her remarks showed that she had an understanding
of the things she was seeing. At Kindergarten at the Paige School in
Wellesley, Carol made herself a set of wool carders and learned to use
them. When the hostess pointed out the candle moulds in the old Kitchen,
Carol volunteered the Information that she had made Bay berry Candles
in Kindergarten. On seeing the Colonial cradle in the Washington Bed
room she told us that she had also carved out a wooden cradle for her
doll. Such en intelligent and a preciative child is always a joy to have
Nineteen children from the Fessenden School, West Newton, lass.
heard the story of the school house and then had a picnic in our pine grove,
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Friday, August 12, 1938 Pleasant
In appreciation of a visit to the Inn, lftr« Sumner E. Scott of
Longnieadow, R. I. has composed a poem of 5 stanzas entitled "The Wayside
Inn". The poem was sent to us with a letter in which Mr. Scott says:
"Writing verses, rhymes and jingles is my diversion and mind saver; it
•Keeps my propeller under water* . The sight of the trundle bed caused
me to decide to write this poem and send some copies to the Wayside Inn?*
Daniel Webster, brave Lafayette
Edison, Longfellow and i-ay others
Here with kindred souls oft met; —
Their souls no dcubt meet now as brothers
American hearts are filled vrth pride
Our blood w'th patriotism stirred
By acts like Paul Revere 1 s hard ride
Of which we all have read and heard."
Adults enjoy the school yard as much as the children. A lady
told us that it was worth her trip from California "to sw'ng in the swing"
and to drink water from the pump. When she spoke of the swing, our guest added:
"And I went way up high, tool"
Saturday, August 13, 1938 Pleasant
Mr, Shelby Harrison, Director of the Russell Sage
Foundation , New York City.
Miss Agnes Elliot from Secretary House, Greenfield
Village, Mich. Stayed overnight.
Mrs. Warner Graham, widow of the late Judge Graham of
the Vermont Supreme Court.
Our youngest guest, 4 months old, was the center of attraction
today. Our oldest guest, 85 years, attended a little Red school similar to the
Redstone when she was 6 years old.
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Sunday, August 14, 1938 Pleasant
A guest said that she had heard a great deal about Ole Bull when
she wa^s a little girl. The famous violinist used to stay at her father 1 s
house whenever he gave a concert in the city of Baltimore. But there were
only two things that our guest could recall in particular about the "usician
in the Tale3 of a Wayside Inn, namely, the fact that he snored terribly and
that he liked apple sauce 1 .
A little girl cane today, 5 or 6 years old. The proud parents
informed us that when the child was about 2 years old they brought her to the
Inn. At that age the child could hardly talk. Yet when she saw the large
baby's cradle in the Washington Bed-room, crude and made of pine, the tiny tot
asked: "Is that the cradle and all?" The parents ware puzzled for a d inute, then
remembered that they had just been reciting to their young daughter:
"Rock a bye baby on the tree top
When the wind blows the cradle will rock
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall
£*own will come baby, cradle and all l
A gentlei.an from California, over eighty years old, played beautifully
on the little old organ. At the conclusion of the selection the guests clapped.
The gentleman was much pleased at their ovation.
Monday, August 15, 1938 Pleasant
The guest who attracted the moat attention at the Tnn today, was a
young woman from India. She wa r in native costume - a printed chiffon dress
i,n,a draped toga effect, called a "sari". It came clear to her toes. On her
she wore cool, flat sandals - much to the envy of one of our American
guests who remarked: "Viihat comfort!" -^he little Tndian girl - Alice R.
Veeraswany - by name-comes from Nellore, So. India and has been studying at the
University of Pennsylvania for a year. She will be there another year. Tn
India she studied English in the High School and in college. She speaks our
language v/very well. Hiss Veeraswany was much interested in the Inn because we
have here some primitive things which are much like those seen in her native
Perhaps one of the nice ^»t groups that we have ever had^ cs .e to the
school this afternoon. The "pupils" just roared w"th laughter when one gentle-
man was asked to come to the front of the room and study his spelling lesson
which the "teacher" wrote on the blackboard. At the end of the session, the
"naughty fl boy spelled lamb ana fleece. He certainly redeemed himself when he
led the cla^s in singing "School Days". He had a fine voice.
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Tuesday, August 16, 1938 Very wnr •:
Three young ladles were here today on a months tour fro
England. They were typically English - tanned -nd athletic : n appearance.
One of the women described the Inn as "The most interesting place I've •/
ever seen!" She added that it surpassed Ann Hathaway' s Cottage at Stratford-
The Grey Line Bus brought many guests this afternoon. As they were
leaving after school was out - one lady said: "This has been the nicest part
of our tour."
A group of school children from Providence, Rhode Island, called
"The Neighborhood Center Players" enjoyed the story of ■ ary' s Little Lamb
Wednesday, August 17, 1938 Pleasant
This is a story that has touched us deeply . George Pearson is
a Conductor on the Grey Li"ne Bus. He comes to the Inn every afternnon. We
know him well, know that he writes poetry and that he has published a book
of poems called "Old Cam bridge". George is a f : ne person, cle?m, good, kind
hearted - a self-educated nan. He told us redently of a dear old lady in
Cambridge, a friend of his, who was very ill. She had lived "n Cambridge for
many years, worked In several publishing houses there - Houghton- 1 lifflin,
Little Brown and Co. and the Riverside Press. Georg° told us that she knew
Longfellow, Holmes, Whlttler and all the other poets of that time. She
loved to talk about then., recite their verses. She had a wonderfully kind
heart and a lot of Irish wit. She ca*; e froui Ireland when a young child.
She was nevgr educated in a formal way, but she had a remarkable memory.
Goerge had known her for the past ben years.
The other day George told us this story and reminded us that his
friend was the "Baba" mentioned m his poem "A Room in Cambridge" - altho"
her real name was Nellie Coffey. He told us that she was 87 years old and
very ill. So George asked us in a very ^odest w^y if we could spare a few
flowers from Longfellow 1 s Wayside Inn garden for him to take to Baba. Hisa
Fisher made up a sweet, old fashioned looking boquet of pinks and blues and
all summer flower shades and she gave it to George for Baba. Baba was .much
pleased. It brightened her room in Cambridge. A few days later she died.
To make a lovely ending to this story, George told us, in h' s
same* modest way, that he had an artist make a copy of the last verse of "A
Room In Cambridge", frame it and surround it with flowers - as a parting
gift to Baba.
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"One sits and drears n the lights soft glow,
In th.s company rare and choice
Until roused at last from frea-.s of the past
By Babe's fa.iiliar voice.
She La sitting there, I can see her now
An impish glea, In her eye3,
She has a story to tell - you are under her spell
As the shadows fall and rise."
Four bus loads of people came to see this little old school house
th's afternoon, Many took pictures of the school house and the "teacher" -
with their cameras.
Thursday, August 18, 1938 Cloudy
We had a delightful visit today from a I r. and Mrs, Henry Clay
Havens of Princeton, New Jersey. Mr, Havens is an ex-professor. Their son
is the new president of Wilson College at Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Mrs.
Havens said, as she shook hands with the hostess: "Now we are go : ng home to
read the "Tales of a Wayside Inn' once more."
Another charming couple who visited us todav came from Cincinnati,
Ohio. They were a Mr. and ncrs. Stevens. Mr. Stevens is 96 years old. He
still practices law and gets around very easily. He and ' rs. Stevens have been
married 65 years. They are on a motor trip through Massachusetts with their
son - who reports that they are having a most enjoyable time.
Redstone Schoo l
We are always glad to have our former pupils visit the Redstone
School. Today .^ary Bortlett, now a senior at the Sudbury High School brought
her cousin to S3e the Mary Lamb School. Mary wanted to show her cousin the
picture of the first class at the school which hangs on the wall. Underneath
are the names of the pupils in their own handwriting, ivary laughed when she
saw her name in large, childish writing.
Friday, August 19, 1938 Partly cloudy
He have a letter in the Parlor of the Inn written by Lu'gi Monti
"Young Sicilian" in the Tales of a Wayside Inn. In the letter \r. :ont' speaks
of living with his daughter. He says that after his wife's death he went to
live with his daughter, the wife of General di Majo who was for four years
Aid-de-Camp to the King of Italy. Today we learned that Donna di : ijo, onti's
laughter, is still living} living in Rome. This information was furnished by a
Mr3. Wm. B. Lowe of Detroit. She told us that years ago she was travelling ! n
Italy with her daughter - a tiny little girl. Donna di p. -Jo took a fancy to the
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little girl, said she wanted to become aaquainted . 1th an American child. A
friendship developed than and there which has continued to this day. i.rs.
Lowe writes frequently to the daughter of the Young Sicilian. Her full name and
Donna Elena d ; ..ajo
9 Piazza d'Armi
Mrs. Lowe reports that Donna di - ajo Ls now, ofcourse an elierly
person and suffers greatly fro 1 ": cr- tar acts n her eyes. Once 'vs. Lov/e sent her
some picture post cards of the Inn. Mrs. Lowe also knew Mr, onti when in Italy.
She told us that he was a very interesting old gentleran. He knew Garibaldi -
famous Italian statesman- very well. '..When I r. onti returned from America to
his native country, he was appointed American Consul at Palermo, Sicily. He
called to see his friend Garibaldi. Garibaldi was in his bath. Lu.igi ; onti
sent word that the American Consul had co'oe bo see h a and must see his at once 1 .
Garibaldi was furious, but dressed quickly. When he found Luigi '-.onti waiting
(not knowing that he had been made American Consul) he roared "Oh, you great
fraudl Had I known it was you, I nsrver would have made the effort etc. etc. "
Luigi Monti's wife was a Miss Parsons sister of the Poet in the Tales.
Tauck Tours attend ...he Redstone School today as usual, Hiss Tibbitts
our "real" teacher in the school, came fro;;: her borne in New Hampshire to spend
the afternoon and look over her books. School will be opening again in about
Saturday, August 20, 1938 Pleasant
iViany guests speak of their interest in the little things around the
fireplace in the old kitchen. They seen to enjoy the description of then. Thev
often say: "I liked those things in the Old Kitchen so lOich." One of the most
interesting and fascinating objects is the Flint Lighter or Pistol Tinder. It
is so unusual, so rare. Guests have never seen anything like it. They adr:ire
if and th'nk it a beautiful piece of work. They picture the time and patience
involved when one tried to secure a light by this method. It seems com-
plicated, clumsy, in comparison with our present day "switch" for the electric
light. The Pistol l'xnder was a glorified tinder box. It was used n the days
before matches. But it was extnodinary even 'n that tune. Only wealthy people
could afford such an elaborate device. Sore time ago a very good picture of a
Pistol Tinder appeared in the Herald. Hereit Is.
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The pistol type light. The lever in the middle of the picture is the trigger. When this
is pulled, the flint, which is wrapped in a piece of cloth, strikes the steel and the spark
created falls into the tinder, as seen here. ^
A gentleman recited a poem today which he rem em be red learn r ng 'n a
similar school house, fifty years a^o.
A funny old ran
He washed his face ^n a
He co-bed his ha ; r w ; th a
And died with a toothache
in his heel.
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Sunday, August 21, 1938 Pleasant
rs, J. P. fthite of Cleveland, Ohio told us that her grandmother,
Mr3. Ann Eliza Norton, danced with Lafayette when she was very young. It
wa~ the style at that time to wear gloves with a picture of Lafayette on
then;. Grandmother Norton had a pair of the Lafayette gloves, wrist length
and made of white kid skin. She wore then to the dance. The greet general
bowed and kissed her hand when introduced, as was customary. Mrs. White said
her grandmother often spoke about this occasion and thought it very amusing
that when Lafayette kissed her glove covered hand, he also kissed h 4 s own
Small boy, looking at the little old pair of childs boots in the
Bar-room. "Mother, won't you please buy those little shoes for ^.el "
Redsto n e School
A very nice laday from Norway who is visiting our country for a
month, was a guest at the school house this afternoon. She had heard a. great
deal about the Redstone School before her visit here anei was -:uch pleased
to see it. She said that she had never seen a school house like it before.
i.onday, August 22, 1958 Partly cloudy
The Reverened Jo-eph Lyle cCorison, minister of the Congregational
Church in Braintree, lass, reports that when he was at Harvard College studying:
for the ministry, he took a course in Speech under Professor Packard. It was
Mr, iVcCorison's duty to recite to the class, Longfellow' s "King Robert of Sicilv"
ai a test speech. This is the Young Sicilian's story in the" Tales of a Wayside
Inn.* Reverened ..icCorison said that hewould never forget it; that he could recall
every line of the poem.
A guest , informed us th c it some of our nicest pewter bowls are called
"British Battleship Bowls" because used by the British Navy about one hundred
Redstone School .
r. Dall Hutchinson, Recreation Director in the Greenfield Village
Schools paid us a visit today. He was very glad to see the Redstone School
which he reads about in the Herald.
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Tuesday, August 23, 1938 Pleasant
A Norwegian lady, Mrs. I. Fl^'flet of 128 Kenn'lworth Rd., Mountain
Lakes, N. J. brought us a Norwegian newspaper. On the front page, in headlines, is
the following: "Wayside Inn ruger over '.. inner fra Fordur.is Dager, da Ole Bull
spillet og fortalte norsk Sa/a". We cannot read Norwegian, but we know that the
article is about the Inn and Ole Bull's association as the " usician in the Tales
of a Wayside Inn. A very nice sketch of the -usician accompanies the article.
Mrs. Fliflet has suggested that we write to the editor of the paper, which Ls
published in Brooklyn, N. Y. for a translation, "irs. Fliflet's grandmother was a
cousin of Ole Bull.
Usually our orders for dinner are given verbally. Today, after a young
in an had looked over the menm he handed the hostess a tiny card, on which was
printed in neat handwriting, in pen and ink, the whole order for a party of 5
people. We discovered that the young v. an wan a n.echan'cal engineer and an expert
A gentleman from Tokyio, J^pan who is studying New England History
found the Wayside Inn and the Redstone School of ve: y gre~t interest when he ca e
Wednesday, August 24, 1938 Pleasant
The Black Hawk Hiking Club visited the Inn today. These people came 'n
trucks £11 the way froiL Davenport, Iowa and ,'oline, illinois. They have been
making trips for the past 19 years. This year they \ r .er^ enroute ho::e froi;. the
Ga.-pe Pennisula. Last year they went to ^exico.
Guest to her friend: "Where have you been? I've been looking everywhere
for you, but finally decided you were out-of-doors se-rrewiie*© doing sor. e exercises
after that hearty meal."
Five little girls, living in the "L-znd of i.ake Believe" w-nted to hear the
story ol I^ary and Her Lamb. They looked "teery attractive in their silk gowns, high
heeled slippers and old fashioned hats.
Two little girls, Mary and Sylvia, six and eight years old respectively,
sang "Mary H d a Little Lamb" while their ;r.other played on the old organ. The other
guests in the school house at the same time, were delighted and clapped the^r hands.
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Thursday, August 25, 193S Pleasant
A Mr. Roger E. Clapp has been spending a few days here. He care to the
Inn 20 years ago and wished to renew his acquaintance with the place. His father
knew Longfellow well. He lived in a house across u he street fro:: Craigie House
in Cambridge. His father was considered a very prosperous business ir.an of the time.
He had a music store i.n Boston and used to travel back and forth from Cambridge to
Boston by Horse car. Mr, Clapp (the father) was often d istaken for the poet
Longfellow himself. He also v»ore a long flowing white beard. When Mr. Clapp (the
son) made his reservation to spend a few days here, he wrote that he w-nted to
meditate in front of the fire, to play on the piano. Consequently we left him to
do as he pleased. Twice we found him reading the Tales of a Wayside Inn in the
quiet of the Parlor and late one evening he gave us a splendid concert on the old
piano in the Ball room.
BS Elizabeth McCrickett was a very "nterested visitor today. She cam«.
with two friends and stayed for lunch. She taught in the Detroit University
School several years ago and had as a pupil, Mr. Edsel Ford. She 3 s now connected
with the Michigan State Normal College.
A group of visitors had their picnic lunch under the pines and several of our
little gray squirrels were toery friendly and enjoyed the picnic, too.
Friday, August 26, 1938 Pleasant
We met a descendant of the Howe family today, Mrs. Helen S. munroe
from Ea^t Orange, N. J. She told us that her husband taught in the Ashland, . ass.
High School ^any years ago. Mrs. iunroe remembers that the High School students
used to come to the Vilayside Inn on sleigh rides. They would bring materials with
them for making an oyster stew. Some one here would make the stew and it was
readily consumed by the youngjpeople before starting back to Ashland.
Another interesting visitor was fliss oody fro:: Shewsbury, Mass. and
Plainfield, N. J. Miss M oody spends her summers at the old house in Shewsbury
where once lived Miss Abigail Eaton. Abigail Eaton was a step-daurhter ol Lieut.
Ezekiel Howe — son of the Inn's Revolutionary landlord. After her step-father and
mother died, Miss Eaton came to the Inn to keep house for Ly.ian Howe. When he y'
died, Miss Eaton stayed at the Tnn for a little while before she went to Shewsbury
to live. One day Abigail was preparing to go to the city - Bo -ton. She had put on
her bonnet and shawl (as the story goes) when two gentlemen came to see the old
house, f.'iss Eaton took them through and as they were leaving they introduced
themselves. One of the gentlemen was Mr. Longfellow. "What!" excln'.ed iss
Eaton, "Professor Longfellow of Cambridge! " This story has co:>.e down through the years
from a Miss Knowlton, a contemporary and friend of iss Eaton, who wns for rrany years
the Town Librarian of Shewsbury. When Lyman Howe died he left a greet ...any of his
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personal belongings to Miss Eaton. The shawl worn by Jerusha Howe, Lyv.an(s
sister, is now in the possession of i.iss :oody. She has given us a cordial
invitation to cou:e to see the shawl in the Shewsbury house where iiss Eaton
ry Allard Herr'ngton once taught In the Redstone School but not ~n
our little school building- 7. t was the school house which took the place of
our school - after our school was removed fro^ its original site. Mrs.
H rrington was teen endously 'nterested In the school. She went to t°ach in
Sterling at the Redstone School just after she had graduated from Normal School.
It was her first teaching position. That was in 1903. She taught there two
years. Now ^rs. Harrington lives in Woodbridge, Conn, and has grown-up children
of her own.
Saturday, August £7, 1938 Pleasant
A guest today was -a Mr. ;ontague, first cousin of the Duchess of
Windsor. When we asked Mr. Montague to tell us something about the Duchess,
he informed us that he had not seen her for eleven years. He said th^t he
always read the newspapers if he ?/anted to know what his cousin was doing.
Mrs. John Crawford and two daughter :' ss . «ry and iiss Nancy with a
friend Kiss Dorothy Coyne arrived this evening to stay a few days.
An educator from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania was here today. He is a
friend of Dr. Elmer G. Miller of Pittsburg who is responsible for the
design of Palmer method Writing. The Palmer standard alphabet is actually the
handwrit'ng of Dr. Miller who supervises commercial work in the Pi ttsburg Schools.
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Sunday, August 28, 1938 Very pleasant
Mrs. John Crawford and her daughters fro:c Detroit spent the
day, today, in visiting preparatory schools and colleges in this vicinity.
The girls have one more year in a Detroit School and vrll enter a New Eng-
land college in 1939. Bradford Acaden.y at Bradford, lass, wan the objective
of a trip this morning with a stop off at historical Concord en route.
A guest today told us that the .reans of obtaining a l^ght by the
use of flint and steel is .^till practised in Palestine, i etches are too ex-
pensive for some of the natives^^Ihis ancient form of creating an artificial
liXght is also put into practical use in the rural districts of China in the
Several groups took advantage of a perfect day and ate their lunch
at the table under the p^ne trees in the yard.
This day has seemed to be a "record breaker". The little school
house has been crowded with visitors all the afternoon.
A sweet little girl, five years old, recited the first two verses
of the poem.
Monday, August £9, 19S8 Pleasant
Our luncheon guests today included a Dr. Bassett, an educator fro;.
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As a child .of 7 or 8 years of age, Dr. Bassett
attended the Lewis School in Boston. Once a year he and his class rates were
taken to 9 children's reception at Craigie House in Cambridge. On these
occasions the poet Longfellow recited poetry for the children. Dr. Bassett
remembers especially "The Children's Hout" and "The Old Clock on the Stairs"
We have aany quest ions about the little horse-hair trunk upstairs 'n
the Lafayette room. Today an elderly guest told us that the Initials "N.P. W."
on the trunk r nterested her particularly because her grandmother's na. e wa^_s
Nancy P. Wilder, born in 1797.
An unusually large group came on the busses th's afternoon. A lady
froi; Boston who had been here a week ago and enjoyed playing school brought
friends this afternoon. She wanted "to go to school aga-*n."
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Tuesday, August 30, 1938 Pleasant
All the hostesses have read the article in the Readers Digest
condensed from the Forum magazine about i r. Ford's schools and his many
educational projects. It has brought to mind that the Wayside Inn itself
is doing its bit in an educational wa^y. There are no school desks in the
Inn. The pupils do not come at a regular hour. We have no trained teachers,
let -.n an informal way our guests are acquiring a great deal of knowledge as
they tour the Inn. The hostesses try to give then as complete a picture of
colonial life as is possible. Every effort is n ade to acquire knowledge a bout
the house and its furniture which can be parsed on to the guests in an insturctive
and entertaining way. The Inn ha^.s often been called an Educational Pleasure.
Consider the hundreds of school children who each year pass through the Inn and
are shown the crude implements used by the'r ancestors. The children not only
see the furnishings of a typical Inn of the olden time, but they are told how the
implements were used; the why and wherefore of the furnishings. Every detail is
Adults do not tire of the Inn. They co^e again and again and often
tell us that each time they cose they see something they haven't noticed before
or they get a different impression of the Inn. Sometimes we are discouraged -
like all teachers. It seems as if the guests did not understand; could not
comprehend or open their minds to a subject so far removed fro^ their present
day mode of living. But if one guest in one group of people sees one thing that
has given him a deeper appreciation of the life and thought of our forefathers,
then the Wayside Inn "schooling" has not been in vain!
A group of 50 children from a camp in Ashland, ass. filled the
little school today and listened very attentively to the story of Gary's Little
Lamb. One cunning little girl recited the first verse of the pee... and an older
boy volunteered to recite the second verse.
Wednesday, August 31, 1938 Pleasant
Charley Cattoro, a guest today, is roller skating around the
United States. He left Houston, Texas, on June 17th. He ha? already travelled
4,000 miles in 20 states. He Is now on the 9th pair of wheels ?.nd his second pa i iff
of skates, . r. Cattoro expects the tour to last 7 months - via Detroit, Chicago
Seattle and Los Angeles. On his back, this traveller carried a pack weighing
about 17 pounds. He washes his clothes in brooks »nd works whenever he is out of
A lady from i/vinchendon, ...ass. said her name was ary, but she had
never had a poem written about her!
Six little girls from 6 to 10 years old sat in the old seats of the
school today. They were all ve y anxious to know where I iry Sawyer sat when
she attended the Redstone Schhol.
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Thursday, Sept. 1, 1938 Pleasant
A rather elderly woman who very ;.uch enjoyed the i nn today, told
us of a tradition in the family. On her grand-other 1 s birthday, Feb. 18th,
th's guest alwoys gives a family dinner party. She uses her grandmother 1 s
old homespun cloth on the table and has only candles for light. This little
family custom has been carried on for many years since the death of the
person it honors. The younger members of the family show such interest in the
celebration of this oc asion that it will probably be carried on by future gen-
When the group fro;.. Boston came on the Bus th's afternoon and
hurried up to the door of the school, they found the hostess ringing the school
bell. One gentleman asked: "Are you the teacher who taught L.ary Sawyer so many
years ago?" Of course that brought forth a good laugh from the rest of the "class".
Friday, Sept. 2, 1958 Very pleasant
It is with a feeling of sadness that we think of the approach of the
Fall season. We regret that Summer, with its^ crowd of sightseers and tourists from
all parts of the country, is nearing its close. Days are shorter; nights are longer and
colder. The most striking announcement of the change ir» seasons wa^s brought to
us today when the Conductor of the Tauck lour said: "This is our last trip for two week:
Its really the end of the travelling season, you know. Our tour will be here in
September, but this winds up our Sumner business." We'll miss the Taucks and all
the other people who come by Bus or in their own ...otor cars. Tts as If old friends
were leaving. This Summer in particular, it see ms as if our circle of friends had
grown much larger. It now includes many more of the people who have stayed w ; th
us for a day or two and guests who, in a ;_uch shorter time, have caught the
atmosphere and spirit of the inn and have loved it sincerely. Then again we have
made friends with those who have had some personal joy or sorrow to confide in us.
These are the travellers who have enlarged our circle - have become real friends.
The Inn has made a last .ng impress" on on the . They will never forget it - and if
possible they will come back to renew their friendship with this lovely old house.
Two charming wo^en arrived via the Boston-Worcester Bus. They stayed
for luncheon. They went through the house w r th a hostess. They vis ted the Red-
stone School. They stayed for tea. Ihey remarked that they were hav'ng a
thoroughly enjoya^ble time* One of the ladies sa-'d: "I'm from Philadelphia and
visiting in Boston for 5* weeks. I can honestly say that this has been the very best
par^t of my whcle vacation." Ihey took a l?te Bus back to Boston.
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Tauck Tour groups every Friday through the Sus.ner have been .iost
enthusiastic about the school house. The Bus driver and Conductor of the
Tour tell us that the^r passengers talk about the Redstone School house "all
the way back to New York". Mr. Tauck has received several letters fro., h La
patrons saying that this was the best part of the whole trip. The little school
house brings fond /ae;;iorles; happy -ne^or'es. The guests are put in mind of
their own care-free school days. They sing and play and forget for the t : e
being that they ore grown-ups. The picture of the one small roo with Its aua'nt
old desks recalls their childhood flo^ej their families and friends; their teachers
now gone - but still very dear to the hearts of our Summer "pupils".
Saturday, Sept. 3, 1938 Very pleasant
A.rs. Estabrook, an overnight guest has a copy of the "Tales of a Wayside
Inn" published about 1880 by Harper & Co. The edition has several wood cuts -
pictures of the xnn. II ny of the wood cuts were ::ade by irs. Estabrook 1 s father,
Robert Stuart, who y/as an engraver for Harper & Co. for a;any years.
A itr. and Mrs. Henry Atwood Jenks, an elderly couple, spent considerable
tiiae here today. They stayed for lunch and on into the afternoon. I r. Jenks was a
boy, 2 years old, when the Civil War broke out. He re.e< bers sitting high on his
father' s shoulder on Boston Common watching a company of ;?en leaving for the
War. Mr, Jenks complimented us greatly on the meal he had here. "Everything was
piping hot, well flavored and p&enty of it", he said. Mrs. Jenks added th?t she
would like to make her reserva tlon^now for Thanksgiving dinner at the Inn.
A guest from Sterling was here today who has been faiili/fcar with this school
all his life. Three generations of his family taught In the schools of Sterling
his mother, his grandmother and his great-grand nother. By co-paring dates, the
guest concluded that his great grandmother must have taught in the Redstone School
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Sunday, September 4, 1938 Pleasant
Two very appreciative guests today were a Mr. and Irs. Andrews
fro..* Nashua, New Hampshire. They are elderly .and ca e n a car with
chauffeur. When Mr. Andrews had finished his dinner he sought a hostess
and said: "That was the best d'nner I've had In years. We'll be bother Ins
you to death." After walking around the house, sitting down and rest'ng a
tfhile, I.r. Andrews told us about the Dodge Sisters in Groton, assachusetts.
He said that twenty years ago these young wo::ien started to serve dinners "n
their own hoi.ie. "The dinners were fine, home-like and well cooked" continued
Mr. Andrews. "We used to go there with a horse and buggy. I can remember it
well. And I haven't tasted as good a d'nner since - until today - right here
at the Wayside Inn. Everything was perfect',' our guest said. Then he added:
"I thought the Chef at the Nashua Club could put up a pretty good meal, but
tomorrow I'll tell that Chef to come to the Wayside I nn if he wants a really
Monday, September 5, 1938 Very pleasant
This being a holiday out guests were peonle who were ea^er to be
on their way hoae fro::: a summer v^ction. So :e early "lorning visitors only
stayed a few minutes. In the afternoon we had as guests : any "working peoole"
who have few days of liesure except Sundays and holidays. This was their
own particular holiday, however, and we were glad that several hundred of the.v
found their way to the Wayside Lnn. One gentleman today c-lled oufr attention to
the signature of George Washington wh.ch is seen on several documents *n the Inn.
He a-?ked if we had noticed in the Washington s : gnnture that our first President
always dotted his "i" and crossed his "t" w'th one stroke of the pen.
Tuesday, September 6, 1938 Pleasant
Soi. e very nice people ca^.e today fro... Falls Village, Connecticut.
They announced that just last evening they had sent Mr. Ford so..e old news-
paper clippings about the old Iron Industry In Connecticut; thought the clip-
pings would be of v~lue to '"r. Ford for his collection at Dearborn. ..r. S^ith
(J !i > es Calvert Smith) told us about his grandmother who used to run out to a
neighbor's house to get a live coal. He said th*>t before she started, h ! s
grandmother would look around the neighborhood to 3ee which chimneys were
aioking. Thereby making sure that the neighbor she chose would have a fire
already burning I
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Wednesday, September 7, 1958
Our '..ost interesting visitor today was a lHtle boy of 11 years
fro::, Delaware. His hobby is collecting antiques'. His collect' on now
includes some 30 whale oil la::ps of all varieties and descriptions., a
4 poster bed, a cherry desk and a Wallace Nutting cha'r. At an auction in
ne last week he bought a clock reel for $1.00 and also an old beaver hat,
A recent guea»_t from
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Thursday, September 8, 1938 Ple^ant
rs. Burrage fro:.. Weston brought 32 Girl Scout others fro
Cape Elizabeth, Maine to see the house today. We3ton, where rs.
Burrage lives, wa ' the first town to have an organization for Scout
mothers. The group fro- Cape Elizabeth ca..e a3 guests of krs. Burrage
for a days outing. Ihey viotored down by bus and enjoyed luncheon
near an out-door fireplace at Mrs, Burrage 1 s ho:.e. After lunch they iiade
a tour of the Inn and later In the afternoon were entertained at tea in
Madamoi sells Denise Baillod de Vis.re fro;:, Paris, vis" ting friends
in Westboro, Mass. spent the day, today, in rraklng water color pictures of
the Inn and Mill.
Friday, September 9, 1938 Pleasant
We were pleased when a Swedish guest told us that he had seen an
account of Prince Bertil's visit to A.r.er ; ca printed in a Swedish newspaper.
When asked what part of his trip to the United States the Prince liked best
of all, he replied: "Being escorted through the Ford factory at Detro't by
ir. Henry Ford."
A guest told us about the lady who acts as hostess at the Black
.'lansion in Ellsworth, Maine* She carries a dust cloth under her ar^..
When guests are being conducted through the house, the hostess picks up
one antique piece after another and as she does so, she wipes off any speck
of dust with her ever ready dust cloth.
Guest: "This is a wonderful old place. It rests your nerves."
Saturday, September 1C, 1938 Pleasant
Another wedding was added to our list of Wayside Inn weddings
today when a ,.Jss Atherton of Boston beca' e the br ; de of 'r. Guernesy
LePelley in our s.<:all Ball roo/:. The cere: ony was performed at 4 o'clock.
Decorations were simple as was the whole affair. There was no particular
formality to the occasion. After the quiet carriage cere/ony, the guests,
I 1 in number, adjourned to the dining roou below where dinner was served.
Hostesses were busy receiving telegrams of congratulation and taking the:,
into the Bride as the dinner proceeded.
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Sunday, Sept. 11, 1938 Pleasant
The fame of Greenfield V" 11 p. fee <md what I r. Ford is doing
there has spread far and w^'de. Alrr.ost every day our guests speak of
it and tell us of their pleasure in visiting the Village. lesterday
we made a call on a minister in Uxbro.dge, Massachusetts. He spoke of
his summer vacation and a trip through Greenfield Village. He was so
impressed with the village and its collections of Americana that he said:
"I'm going to preach a ser.jon about it tomorrow". The Reverened r.
V.intarsteen said also that he was very :_uch pleased w" th the business
principles em ployed by ;.r. Ford in the automobile factories. Then we
told hire about the Wayside Tnn and our three schools - right hers in
Massachusetts. This .. in.ster has decided now that he would l ; ke to see
the Wayside Inn - only about twenty miles fro:, his own ho;"ei
Monday, Sept. 12, 1938 Pleasant
We were very li.uch pleased to have Mr. and rx. Henry Wilder
S; Lth of Lee, Massachusetts Aith their two daughters spend the night
here tonight. Just after they had settled down co/rfortably before the
open fire, more old friends appeared. Dr. Rockwell, his mother and son
arrived froir Oriskany Falls, New lork. Both f'-i. ilies are gettine children
back in shcool for the coming year. The Rockwell boy is returine to the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has won a scholarship in
Architecture and is very iruch interested In old houses. He hitch-irked out
here once from Cambridge - .lust because he wanted to see the place. When h"s
family came to carry him home to New lork state in June this young student
wanted them to stay at the Wayside Inn. They came a?ain tonight. We enjoy the
Smiths, too. Llr. Smith is a kindly, quiet gentleman. He ~ade a new frlecl to-
night with one of our dinner guests - a Canadian and a lawyer - a : an who was
once a member of the Canadian Parliament.
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1938 Pleasant
About 50 ladies attending an Internat : onal Congress for Applied
...echanics were luncheon gupsts this noon. These conventions are held every
fourth year. The f^rst was held at Delph, Holland, the second at Zurich,
Switzerland, the third st Stockholm, Sweden, the fourth at Ca br dge, England.
This is the fifth gathering w'th 400 ^n attendance. The Eng"neer ; ng Sch'ol
of Harvard University and the .assadhusetts Institute of Technology are hosts.
Only 50 ladles are present.
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Wednesday, Sept. 14, 1938 Pleasant
Another old friend of ours returned this even ; ng. She : s 'iss
Anne Diffenbach of Norwood, New Jersey. Last Christmas, :: iss Diffenbach
and her sister spent the holidays here. They are working wo/ en. One is the
tax collector in the small town where they live. The other is employed in
New York. Both seem lonely and they have found the Inn a friendly ol^ce to
spend vacation time* When Iss Anne appeared alone last evening we were
aiore than pleased to see her. She is having a belated Summer vacation and is
visiting friends along the way fro':: New Jersey to New England. She showed us sone
lovely pictures of the Inn which she has had enlarged and colored. A few of the::
she has presented to the Inn.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 1938 Pleasant
A descendant of one of the first settlers of Sudbury is now attending
our Southwest School. He is Charles Grout. His Lmigrant ancestor was Jonathan
Grout who ca^e froi. England to Sudbury in 1641. The family had riore recently
ii:oved to the West - perhaps in "Covered Wagon Days". They have now returned to
Sudbury to live and Charles is attending the school where so 7 ;e of his ancestors
aay have learned their "reading, 'rit^'ng and ' ri thzetlc."
Friday, Sept. 16, 1938 Pleasant
It is hardly necessary to say /ore about thi S busy day than to record
the number of luncheon groups we we- served. They were as follows:
Ladies of the N.E. Water 94 in party
Works Association, Boston
Ladies of the Real Estate 8 ladies
Tauck Touts. 37 in party
Kari Tours 8 in party
These groups were all served at the luncheon hour. All were shown
through the Inn. All expressed appreciation of a f ne eal and good time as they
left in their respective busses.
Saturday, Sept. 17, 1938 Ra*n
An overnight guest tittr ght compared the Inn to the restorat : on at
Williamsburg, Va. done by r. John D. Rockefeller, Jr. We dislike comparisons,
but were interested in what the lady had to sav. She compared r n part'cul^r the
manner in which the hostesses conduct the guestx through the various houses.
She felt "herded" through at W J lllar.sburg, d ! d not have the freedo:' to wander
around or to look at the various pieces for any length of time. "Here", she
said, "you give a personal touch; one can stay and enjoy the things."
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Sunday, September 18, 1938 n
ny of om winter guest? are coming back fro. m . er
vacations and we have been ver~y happv to welcome recently : r. and
lr :. Charles Stewart who have been summer-ing on Cape Cod. rs.
Bowers who Is another regular guest, has returned fro? a summer
spent on Nantucket Island. The other even"ng we were glad to see
r. and .,rs. Eennison after their summer sojourn Ln Gloucester.
We broke a record tod^y. Sixteen dollars worth of Ways' de
inn books and pont crds were sold to one gue?t. ^his large sale
included five sets of post cards, three "Tales of a Wayside Inn" and
one dozen books about the story of Mary and Her Little L^b. The
last named to be used as Chr ; ."t : gifts to children.
onday, September 19, 1938 Rain
Today we bid farewell to Katherine Schultz who has been
serving as hostess here during the Su onths. Her father drove fro..
Dearborn to carry her back to /inn Arbor v»here she will enter her sen 'or
year at the Diversity cf Michigan, Miss Schultz is a. cheerful little
person and very capable as a hoste .
Tuesday, September 20, 1938 Rain
Our .;o";t 'nteresting as well as interested visitor today was
an attractive German woman fro;: New York. She has a son just entering
Harvard University. She gave us a W t of worth while infor.. at ; on. She
told us that p canopied bed in Germany is called a "Himmel Bett" or
el Bett. This means Heavenly Bed. . the canopy, white and l^cy,
the illusion of the heavens overhead- Then our guest first saw the Field
bed in the Washington roo:: with its beautiful write netted canopy, she
exclaimed: "Das Himmel Bett"!
Wednesday, September 21, 1938 Hurr'cane
About 4 o'clock Ln the afternoon : t . 'ent that an unusually
high w : nd was blowing and that the predicted -.tor- fro was approaching.
The first evidence of Its damaging effect was brought to us by the arrival of
a guest who told us that he had barely escaped a falling bree, a branch of wh ch
had struck the front of his car making a deep dent across the engine hood.
The roar of the wind through the chimney • us pve^t concern for
the old Inn. About 5 o'clock the lights went off and there was scurrying for
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Wednesday, September 21, 1938 - continued
candle sticks and candles. WW wanted, of course, to keeo our guests who were
coming *n for refuge, as co. for table as possible.
t was agon.z.ng to wstch the trees struggle against the w^nd. The
trico.1 maple on the lawn outside the 5 >;11 dining roo. , fought bravely to
survive. The trunk would sway fro ? de to s'de, then with rJ of branches
and leaves would right ' tself aga^n. :t see; ed like a ~l-jn~<er Ballet d-sncer with
lacy skirts swirling, bow'mg end p.rouett Lng with a f ne bow fro wh ch It d d not
r'. se. _ts top . ost branches brushed the roof of the ba,ball room, but the only
damage was a few broken window panes.
Strange how the l^tv of self preservation asserts t self : n t es of
chaos. No sooner was the ianger 3ensed than guests were clamoring for roo- s for
the night. , -jiy passers oy sought the na as a place of refuge . ves
co fortable '.n the Bar-room and Parlor. The hostesses took turns a the door
warn ng persons co. .ng up the dr veway of the danger of falling trees. A bal of
Gillead, after stru for half an hour mapped from the base tnd ts towering
height fell clear of the bu lding across the driveway onto the lawn toward the
east wing of the Inn. It seemed as If t took care n falling to protect the old h
No candles or lamps were allowed above the first fldtor of the nn, so we were
kept busy seeing the guests to their rooms with flash 1 '; . When the had
died down, the transcient guests left while the house-guest lied .n the Pcrlor.
Ihey had lost their fear and suddenly decided that they were h ood time,
rhey loved the ;..ellow candle light and felt that they were privileged to have found
rsfuge Ln this old house - wh ch had lived up to Its sid time trad tlons and
truly been for the a
C. D. Cords fro.. Brooklyn, N. Y.
an overnight guest seen 1 the Inn the
morning after the stor . Tn h ad he Is carrying
a l^rge stick cf wood, rescued frov the debris of
the English Hawthorne tree *n the front yard.
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Thursday, September 22, 1958 Pleasant
The sun shone br'ghtiy th is :ornlnp. "11 was qu'et and still.
It was as if nothing had happened. Yet the stor' was the foremost thou
In our minds as we opened our eyes on this beautiful lorning with its cle-^r
blue sky. It see'.ied especially bright fter the darkness and turmoil of
late yesterday. First we iiooked out the window to see if that clui p of tall
stately pines were still standing on the top of th hi] L. No - - nothing
there but ap of green. Then we looked ^n our own yard. Everywhere the
lovely old trees were down, their dusty roots exposed to the white, fleecy
clouds - clouds which only a fsv. hours before were racing as demons of des-
truction, low and fast over the quivering tree tops. We went out-of-doors.
Everywhere great branches and huge tree trunks were scattered about like fallen
nine pins. Here and there were groups of ; en and boys with axes. But they
seemed like midgets trying to sope with what appeared to be a gigantic task.
There was a feeing of excitement In the air. School children were on the
streets shouting and yelling. reople were rushing fro ; . one spot to another -
"See thisl" "Yiould you believe that?" Ohs and Ahs were heard : n every
di recti. on.
At the Wayside Inn, overnight guests were taking leave and shaking
hands with fellow comrades ho had bee"' driven In fro., the stor.: to spend the
night in this historic shelter. We glanced at the headlines Ln every newspaper,
it was reoorted that not only trees but houses and church steeples and store
windows were wrecked. Worst of all, many lives were lost. Then a grateful
prayer filled our hearts. We knew bhat we were comparatively fortunate that
th s "Act of God" had saved our dear old inn and : ore - that it had saved our
own lives and the lives of those around us.
He were not sure this orn'ng whether our reservation for 50 luncheons
would be full filled by members of the ftme can Society of Agricultural En-
gineers. All outside communication Is shut off. He could not reach the gentle-
n charge of the party, he could not call us. So we were surprised when, in-
stead of 50 guests we v«ere hosts to 75 in th s group which consisted of "11 en.
One man told us frankly, ", didn't want to come out here today. thought it n
just anothei old place and i. really dreaded the tr p. But its wonderfull" Then
this lame gentleman went on to explain th°t he had studied the Tales of de
Inn" in High School. He never thought he would really see the place. He lived
in a ft e 3 tern town. Now he is associated with the General Electric Co pany
Syracuse, Bew Yor. "it all co es back to . e" he said, "1 only wish y English
teacher could be here, too."
Fr ! day, September 23, 1938 Cloudy
The stor.. is still the chief topic of conversation. Yestei e took
many pictures. A arlboro drug ^toro reoorted that every ca er° nd every f 1
in stock was sold out in a very few minutes t .. He h?ve tr ; ei to ike a r'cture
record of the "human side" of the stor. . The pictures -apeak for th<
See next pa| .
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Friday September 23, cont'nued
/ scene a nearby arlboro.
"Ihe;y seeded 1 ke fidgets try n£
to cope with what sec ied to be
a g .gant: c task."
Enon us tree trunk 1
rooted n the yard of the
S t] on Dutton roa<
ways .Lis mi :
Saturday, September 24, 1938
The paper:; state that the historic Avery 0'*k at Bedh- ,
which the Federal Government vainly .sought to purchase for use in the
construction of the frigate Constitution in 1724, was spirt 'n two by the
force of the recent Hurricane. One Boston paper showed a picture of
Longfellow's ho;:e, Craigie House In Cambridge. Hwre a lirge tree was up
rooted in the frait yard, bit no <I r ' lage was done to the house. Ihe old
Fairbanks house :n Dedham, ass. built -n 1638 also regained undamaged by
One hundred and thirty five i a: bers of the Rice fa ly Association
gathered here for luncheon today. The Edmund Rice family is celebrating,
th's year, the three hundreth anniversary of the landing of Edmund R'ce . He
settled in V. ay land where today a suitable program pni pageant followed the
W ay si de inn lun c heon .
DEACON EDMUND RICE HOMESTEAD, 1650
EAST SUDBURY (Now Wayland) MASSACHUSETTS
Enfiump Ftn-. E
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Sunday, September °5, 19*8 Very pleasant
r. Lawrence Dame ha3 just returned fro:: Mexico. Ife found h
today sitting on the stone wall down by the Mary La b School house, ihich
to our surprise .' r. Da:"e was making a water color picture of the 'nn -
rear view and getting n n so e of the trees and birds and blue sky.
didn't know that he was an artist. He writes, ofcour -e, and the "Bcva-
Reporter" of the Boston Herald when In Boston. r. Dai e loves the 'nn.
He said that he liked .ex.co, bought a house there for £l c .OC and enjoyed
living Ln it for a few onths, but he added that the ~vn was ore l;ke ho - e
and that he was very glad to be back here. No other guest has quite the
3 appreciation of the Inn as does r. Da e. He wslk? on t'o-toe around
the roo s, sits by the fire and meditates for hour" ~t e tiire. He
softly and bakes aiuine Interest n our happenings here. We've learn
to know ' r. Dai e well. He arrived on "Rosy" as usual. Rosy Ls the bicycle
wh'ch went to ex : co, too.
A dinner guest today was r. Dan Riddle, owner of the famous race
horses "..an 0' War" and "War Ad., ral."
...onday, Seats: ber 26, 1938 Pleasant
Ihe voice of Dr. John Van Schaick, one of the Retreat Lnisters
c ae over the telephone today nd gave us some sad news. He told us of the
death of another "frater" Dr. Fisher of New H:'ven. Dr. Fisher was one of the
most beloved of the .nistersj generous of heart, unselfish Ln nature, gentle
and kindly. We should say that Dr. Fisher was one of the lost reverent en
of the group. His death was sudden. He was not in the catagory of those who
seem old snd feeble, altho' he had been coming to the nn ! ember of the
Retreat for many years. He always camej always see ed glad to be here. Dr.
her held a fine parish in New Haven and , : 11 be greatly ' T -ei. Altho' r
rather ret : r : ng sort of person, Dr. F ; sher "belonged" and the Retreat w'll not
be the same v/'thout him. Dr. Fisher's death : c the third of the Retreaters s nee
last January. The other two being Dr. Gray and Dr. To linson.
Tuesday, September 27, 1938 Partly clou
r. and rs. Bowker cue frou Worcester last Saturday even ..ng .-. bh
\ large basket of roses as usual. But the rosy:- are different. They, ooor
things, had had a struggle to survive the Hurr cane and the r leave *e left
shr 1 veiled and drooping. The buds ware dr I looke , never
"co.i e out". Ihe flowers the. selves see. ed to be ak br- j .ve effort to hold
up the'r heads. We put the... .n water and placed the on the t . west
not ced the... After her trip through th _■.] f she could carry i re
th her - "to press as a souven.er of the nn" she
Y,AYS:DE INN E
Wednesday, September ?8, 1938 Very p easant
While supervising the digging of a sewer Ln So ervllle, New Jersey
one of our guests found an old wafer Iron. But he didn't know the use of th
old kitchen utensil with its two black d.' scs and lonr handles. He only knew
that ;.t was something very old and rare and th- 1 t had a lasonic Lnsign a on
each round, flat disc. He thought possibly it was used n gett ng a i : ve co'j
out of the fireplace - or that -• t had something to do with the fire because
of its long handles. Anyway our guest gave the " ron to the grand ""tar of the
ionic lodge in Somerville. Today the identity of the piece became known.
The gentleman froa Sonierville visited the Inn and on seeing an old wafer 'ron ;, h ch
would imprint a seal of the United State:- on bcth sides of the wafer when it was done,
told us th' s story. He was much pleased and thought he night reclain his -ron fro.
the grand master of the masonic lodge and give it to r. Fora?i
Thursday, September 29, 1938 Cloudy
The chief topic of conversation these days Ls the storm and how uch
damage it caused, i.anv of our guests especially those who co e regularly, felt
a real concern for the safety of the Inn building and have made a special effort
to find out about it. The Humphries fro:. Brookl^ne who co. le frequently on
Thursday evening ("maids night out") seeaied genuinely concerned tonight and wanted
us to tell them the details of our Hurricane experience. An overnight guest who
stopped here about two weeks ago wrote a letter enclosing 3 cents for a stamp and
post cafd asking us to report by return ail if the Inn had remained Intact. There
have been a great many detours since the storm. Guests have had troutife In spend .ng
much time on the roads making detours. Guests the other day reported that they were on
their way to the Eastern States Exposition at Springfield, lass, but by many side
trips because of roads being closed, they were suddenly surorised to find themse Ives
at the Wayside "nn. They c me in for luncheon and decided to postpone the'r day at
Friday, September 30, 1938 Rain
Tauck Tours came for the last trip of the season, today. We said goodbye
to Joe, the bus dr'ver, the Conductor and to jr. Tauck himself who also cai e along
on this last tour. It was a cheerful farewell, however, for all pro ' sed that thev
would see us again next year.
Ton ; ght we entertained - sv»al 1 Darty of ch'ldren. :t was a postponed
B ; rthday party In honor of one of the youngsters. His Birthday was Irt Fr ^
but on account of the storm of last week, the party was given up until tod
Dr. John Van Schaick, mentioned n the Diary of la ^t Monday, held e
dinner pary In the Id Kitchen this evenng for some of his collegues and the'r wives.
We had the pjeasure of . eet ng " rs. Van Schaick and also n. Rose and rs. Brook rs.
Both Dr. Rose and Dr. Brooks are members of the Ways de "nn Retreat. We re 'nded
then that the Retre-t was noTver^' far away - in January. Dr. Rose replied by sayins
that his calendar had just four days n the whole year - Chr ■ sti as, Thanksgiving,
Easter and the WaysdLde inn Retreat.
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S) turday, October 1, 1353 ant
School ch'ldren en masse do not co. .e to see the *.nn as frequently ; n the
Fall as n the Spr ; .ng of the year. Nevertheless we have had several school groups
this Fall and today the follow 'ng groups were shown through the house.
Eastern Nazarene College Historical Society - - 4/ ; in party
Qulncy Poi.nt Jun : or High School - 40 pupils
The Stuart Sch ol - A Junior College of the Art 35 students.
MYS1DE INN DIARY
Sunday, October ?, 1938 Very pleasant
" y grand, other was Rebecca Kimball - Polly K : ball, the
school teacher n the Redstone School" - ao «=• tall, middle aged an
Informed us today. He was r. Edward Fletcher of San D : ego, California
and he told us that Polly Kimball who turned the lamb out of school -
accord*ng to the poe... - married a i r. Flfetcher. After narrylng she
' oved fro... Sterling, i.ass.^where the school was located, to Littleton.
She had a son Charles Kimball Fletcher and our guest today Ls the
grandson. He was born In L'ttleton. He also Informed us that Rebecca
Kimball had three sons - Charles, Sherman and Edward. r. Fletcher
was .:.uch pleased today when he found the bronze tablets n the school
yard com] emorating the poe. and honor ng his grand, .other.
Monday, October 3, 1938 Pleasant
He have often heard of r. DeCordovn. He Ives n L .nclon,
ass. and has a large house there which is a veritable useu~. Every
year he opens his house to the public for a short period of time. Fro:
what we have heard, the house contains a collection of relics fro
foreign countries, also some American pieces, i'r. DeCordova has travelled
to every corner of the World. Today he brought house guests here for
luncheon. One of his guests was Nell Vvalker Warner - an artist fro Los
Tuesday, October 4, 1938 Pleasant
V.'e have started on a quest to f nd out wh ch was the f rst
country to adopt Daylight Saving.. France or England. A recent guest fro
France told us that a French Senator, Andre Honnorat brought Daylight
S-av^ng nto effect for the first t". e in France dur'ng the Tiorld War. He
repeated this to an English guest. He see : ed to feel slightly offended
because he had always thought that Daylight Saving was f : r>t practiced n
England and was Introduced by a member of the British Parliament. The
English gentleman, i-r. J. F. Jackson fro Leeds, England is Intending to
nake a search and will send us the name of the ve^.ber of Parl : "- ent and
just when the time was changed n his country. The Frenchman, ajor Bern-
who *.s In charge of the Foch .e: or:al Hospital in Paris knows the French
Senator Andre Honnorat very well and will send us any 'nfor. at ion he Ls able
to prcure on the subject.
Wednesday, October 5, 1938 Pleasant
Continuing yesterdays discuss on on the origin of Daylight
Saving, as a atter of fact, Benjamin Frankl n first discovered ; t. ajor
Bernard thought so and another guest has confirmed t. When Benja n
Franklin was Lnister to France he ii ade a note that when he awoke one
morning at 5 o'clock he observed the fact that perfectly good dayl'ght was
going to waste. Why not arise an hour earlier and therefore conserve* the
expensive artificial light. That sounds very much Ike Ben. He ade .another
contribution concerning artificial light. When Whale Oil 1 ..ere burning only
continued next page.
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'Wednesday, October 5, continued -
pne round wick in the tiny wick spout, r. Frankl'n said "Why not two round
wicks - and two wick tubes, then you will have 100$ increase Ln your 1'ght I"
Thursday, October 6, 1938
Ih" s young ma^n i s
"roller skating" his
way around the
V'S TORS OF THE PAST 3U-. ER
rhi s young an c r e
fro California - to
see the VVayr.ide "nn.
WAYSIDE :NN D'APY
Friday, October 7, 1938 Pleasant
Recent guests have been the following:
Mrs. Helen Pra^tt Bacon fro:: West Newton, L&ass.
great nelce of Dexter Pratt, the Village Blacks.. ^ th in
Longfellow 1 s well known poe .
ns. John 0. Robertson fro; Constantlne, '"ichigan,
a small town in the western part of ch'gan where Dan 'el
Kebster once had a share n a flour r '11.
3 turd ay, October 8, 1938 Pleasant
Never qu.'te such a br.ll'ant young boy has visited the ' nn.
This boy of about 8 years first attracted our attention when he looked
at the Revolutiona ry .usket over the man tile '.n the Bar-roo and exclas. ed:
"Why do you have that bad gun here? Guns kill people and we should never
shoot people." His next quest on was this: "Why do you have to keeo a
real fire bum ng n the fireplace when you could use some red crepe o-^oer
w : th an elect .re l'ght bulb underneath?" Still another auest'.on was qsked:
"Why do people have safes and d:d everybody have a safe n the old days when
there were no banks?" We felt a great responsibility in answering these
questions carefully and correctly, for this was a child of no mean "ntellect.
In f r -ct he told us that he was in the 4th grade, but should be n the 3rd.
Yet he was not bragg'.ng . He whs entirely unselfconsc'ous. It was as f his
head was carry ng a tre.endous load of knowledge; two large for h ; s 1 ttle
body. And he was only 'nterested n learning - : n asking quest on r> and storing
away the answers. He llke^d the Inn vevy much. He said: "7. want to get nil
the books that y m have for sale here."' He read every word on every post c r ird
that he bought; pronounced the longer and harder words w' th the greatest of ease.
We laorned that this young .nan cones fro: Cai br>dge, undoubtedly the son of a
e .ibers of the Warwick Historical Society of Warwsck, Rhode Island
spent several hours >n looking about the h use and gounds today. Ihey stayed
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Sunday, Oct. 9, 1938 Pleasant
We have enjoyed a week-end visit from Mrs. Jean E. Spaulding
of Columbia University, New York. Miss Spaulding is a quiet little
body but we discovered that she had a fund of knowledge under her gray
locks. It seemed as if she knew the history of the stage in every detail;
itsaators and actresses, when and where they played, their personal life etc.
That is her Wsiness. Her title is Curator of the Alexander Matthews
Dramatic Museum, her address, 601 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University.
Miss Spaulding was pleased to meet friends in the dining room at Breakfast
time this morning... A Professor from the same university who occupies an
office in the same college building.
Monday, Oct. 10, 1938 Pleasant
Reports of the havoc wrought by the Hurricane continue to come
in via our guests. Hardly a person does not mention this great disaster before
he cr she leaves the house. Some guests today spoke of the Hurricane when they
aporoached the old Kitchen and noticed the large fireplace with the iron pots and
kettles hanging on the ctane. These guests told us that they lived in an old
house at Elmwood, Connecticut. After the storm had deprived them of electricity
they resorted to their old fireplace for cooking service. They broiled steak over
the hot coals and cooked vegetables over the balzing fire. It seems that a son,
a student in college and interested in Forestry happened to be at home at the time,
He was thrillled and took entire charge of the open fire cooking which was right
in his "line".
Tuesday Oct. 11, 1938 Pleasant
A most important document has come into our possession. It was sent
to us by a Mrs. H, E. Munroe of East Orange, New Jersey, a guest at the Inn last
summer. She told us then that she was a descendant of the Howe family. After
going over some family papers, Mrs. Munroe found a document written by Jerusha
Howe and dated 1839. This date places the identity of the writer on Jerusha,
sister of Lyman Howe, the last of the More landlords. Jerusha was a well
educated, accomplished young lady for her day and this fact is borne out in the
nature of the document. It is a short genealogy or record of her Howe ancestors;
the dates of their birth and death being carefully jotteddovm in pen and ink.
This does not give us any particularly new information, but it is valuable to have
this subject matter in Jerusha' s very own handwriting - the only bit of her
handwriting we possesss
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Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1958 Holi day Very pleasant
A Mr. Picard was a luncheon guest. today. We learned that his
grandmother was a teacher in a Dame School at Portland, Maine in the
early part of the 1800' s. She wrote to her sister in Auburn Maine. "Vie
have a new boy in our shcool today. He has lovely eyes. His nane 1b
Harry Longf el low. "
Thursday, Oct. 13, 1938 Pleasant
In the old days the time of day was ticked off slowly and deliberately
by many a grandfather clock - or smaller clocks of the oeriod. All clocks in
the old days seemed to day: "Take your time 11 - "take ycur time." . as they
ticked slowly back and forth. Modern clocks seem to race along with a fast, hurried
tick and. say, "get ther*». - get there." A gentleman from Connecticut remarked
about this today. He has an old clock, given him by a friend. He found that the
weights of his old clock were tin cans filled ■•;. th all kinds of trash, broken
bricks, rocks and ship bolts.
Friday. Oct. 14 1938 Cloudy
The Tufts College Women s Club held a luncheon here today in honor
of the wife of the new president of the college, Mrs. Carmichael. One hundred
and four ladies attended.
Dancing classes for the school children started today in the Ball-
room. Mr, Albert Haynes of Sudbury is the dancing master. He has previously
taught dancing at the Inn and is therefore familiar with our classes, music
and Ball-room. He is also well versed in the dancing art and is as graceful as
can be on the dance floor. We might say that he is of the old school - teaches
and points his toes like the dancing, masters of old - the kind one reads abo>>t
in ntorv books.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 1938 Pleasant
Ten years ago today, Oct. 15, 1928, Mr. Ford inaugurated the new road
which was built near the Inn- to divert heavy bus and truck traffic away from
this old house. The napers, at th« time, said that Mr. Ford was seated it the
wheel of a new Ford sedan. He drove slowly one way over the new road and faster
on the way back.
Sunday, October 16, 1958
Colonel and ra. V. E. orr' r ;on fro Rest Point, N. Y.
left this -orn'ng after spending two days »t the nn. They ca e
to Bo:;ton for the Harvard-Ar. y football ga?e.
A br'.ght new F: re Eng ; ne ?rr'ved th s ornlng fro Dearborn.
_t Ls a great contrast to our old FireEngine wh ch was of the " odel I
variety. Only a few days ago, a guest ca le 'n excitedly to ask 'f we
had added a new antique to our collection - e?n : n;/ the old F : re Lng'ne.
Now we can prowdly show off the new eng"ne - hop : ng, ofcour~e, that we
1 not have a fre in order to accomplish th . Here Ls a picture of
the nev engine.
wajside inn r
Monday, October 17, 1938 Pleasant
Dr. John Van Schaick, ed ; tor of the Christian Leader and one
of our Retre? t ministers, gave another d'nner party here this even a ,
with eighteen ministers in attendance. Dr. Van. Schaick loves the old
K'. tchen and has entertained Ln it twice lately.
ruesday, October 18, 1938 Pleasant
Professor Schell of the Massachusetts natitute of Iechnology
le a reservation for his first Wayside "nn meeting this evening. It
will be re.' e ; .ibered that the groups brought to the inn by Professor Schell
are a regular panst of our venter prograi . The arty this evening was can-
celled, however, and the first meeting will be held n November.
Fifty- four teachers and friends of the Fran Lnghaa Normal School
dined here this evening. A fter dinner the arty joined in singing many
old time songs as they gathered around the piano 'n the large d\n : ng room.
Wednesday, October 19, 1938 Pleaapnt
Relief Officers of the Massachusetts Welfare Association, 129 Ln
number, held a luncheon and business meeting here today.
Another group of people who lunched here today were 55 Co _ anders o^
the Knights Templer society.
Thursday, October 20, 1938 Cloudy
Vie are always pleased to welcome President and rs. Con ant of Harvard
University. They came today bringing books and magazines to read as they sat
'n front of the open fireplace after luncheon.
A very enterta n ; ng overnight guest was r. H. D. Gardner. He enter-
tained us with stories about the Wentworth-Gardner House in Porta outh, New
Hampshire - the ho.e of his great, great grandfather. This house Ls one of the
best known and best built of the old Ports, outh houses ana Ls now owned by the
Metropolitan Museum of New York. Aside fro- claj accent fro the bu ; lder of
this famous house, . r. Gardner proved to be one our most appreciative guest.:.
When telling the story of the inn to ir. Gardner, he interrupted the hostess by
saying: "Why, I'm thrilled. ;t sends the sh rivers up and down ; ae and takes
a lui. p Ln my throat". The next morning after spending the n'ght here, r. Gardner
reported that the peacefulness and char." 1 of the place had permeated h' .. He
s-ept unt^l 7:45. He thought that h s watch had r>t^opped bec^u:e : t was the f r^t
time Ln many years that he had slept after 5 A. . '.
ivayside inn d a by
Friday, October 21, 1958 Partly cloudy
S't i'rilfred Grenfell honored us with a visit this afternoon. He v.
accompanied by two elderly ladies, the Misses White, one of who sponsored the
f : rst Grenfell lecture in Boston. Sir Alfred told us that Lady Grenfell was Lll -
in bed, and was be:'ng treated by a Boston doctor. Lady Grenfell suggested that
Sir Wilfred come to the Inn. She said: "You must go out there." Sir V' : lfred
spoke of the time he stayed overnight here as the guest of , r. Ford. We looked up
the date. It was April 18, 1929. Sir Wilfred and his m->rty ~.tryed for te^ and heard
the story of the house as Sir 7/llfred stood In front of the f ; replace w th hands
behind h's back. He told us that an English.. an always stood n front of a f'r-2 v, th
hands behind h's back. Then Sir i'.'ilfred chatted about his Laborador ^nd the handi-
craft work done by the natives. He see..ed au : te pleased that so .e of the Esk o
wo. en are now do'ng very fine needlework.
Saturday, October 22, 1958 Plea -ant - cold
Abbott Acade y is a college prepara tory school for girls located at
Andover, ass. Today we entertained 23 Abbott g'rls at luncheon and a trip through
An old kit then dinner took pia ce thin evening with 18 guests -'n attendance,
Cooking was done around the fireplace 'n the old fashionecd way.
Several peo pie care to the T nn for d'.nner this evening after the Harvard-
Dartmouth game. A.Tong the- .r. and i,.rs. Bowker of Worcester - our usual Saturday
night guests - Mr. Bowker being a B^rt'^uth graduate. Other Bart, outh oen came w~ th
their wives and chudren. One party included several children - all very bright rnd
interested in the house. A fond 'other was heard to remark: "I th nk Johnnie was
more interested in seeing things here at the V^ay.s'.de Inn than he Was 'n watching the
football game! "
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Sunday October 23, 1938 Partly cloudy
We were particularly busy today betv/een the hours of 12 noon
and 6 o'clock. During that time over three hundred guests were served
in the dining rooms. Why our guests did not come slowly and more regularly
through the whole day and evening is something we cannot explain. But
they came in large bunches. The business we might say, was jammed into a
few hours time. It stopped as suddenly as it started, giving us a quiet
evening in which to "catch our breath."
Monday, October 24, 1938 Rain
Miss Fielding entertained two sweet little children today, a boy
and. girl - brother and. sister. When the old kitchen was reached and
baking in the Brick oven explained, the boy turned to his sister and ex-
claimed: "Why, you see, the Witch could push Hansel and Gretel into the
ovenl" Miss Fielding found that our young guests had just finished reading
the famous fairy tale. Before seeing our large brick oven it had been
difficult for these moderns to picture the witch throwing Hansel and Gretel
into what they called an oven - the oven of their mother's gas stovel
Tuesday, October 25, 1938 Pleasant
News for the Diary comes in bunches too. Several interesting
events have been jammed into this one day. First we will record that 19
o^ricersof the Middlesex County Extension Service ^ere luncheon guests. Nine
interested passengers arrived via the Grey Line Bus this afternoon to be
shorn through the house. In the evening a Mr. and. Mrs. ELlis celebrated their
27th Wedding Anniversary by having dinner here. Last but not least, another
Wedding Anniversary was observed here today. This a fiftieth, Golden Wedding
celebration honoring Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rothery of Hartford, Conn. They
arrived last eo/ening before dinner and with their daughter son and daughter-
in law, spent a happpy time at dinner and afterwards in tie P ;rlor gathered
around the Fireplace. Poems were read and memories of by-gone days recalled.
Mr. aid Mrs. Rothery came to Boston on their honeyv_moon 50 years ago today.
This morning Therese T; Rothery - daughter-in-law, was inspired to write the
lovely poem which appears on the next page.
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Tuesday, October 25 - continued
To Mr.snd Mrs. Albert Rothery
53 Evergreen Ave.
Awake 1 and greet the dawn
This is your Golden Wedding morn!
Here in this ancient Inn, renew
The vows you gave, and kept, so true
You've been to them these fifty years
(Though you have known both joy and tears)
You're lovers still, the perfect pairl
The groom so strong, the bride so fair!
Your lives have blessed the lives of dithers
The mem'ry of your goodness hovers
Like garden fragrance
O'er your children and your children's children
Sweet bride and groom, awaken then!
Shades of illustrious guests, once resident here,
Would join with us, this morn so clear
To speed you on your happy way,
On this, your golden wedding day!
There se T. Rothery
October 25, 1938
121 Bellevue Ave.
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Wednesday, October 26, 1938
ss dei-.ille 1 s ne^
Master Richard deiiille :>avis
Very young ;r;en:bers
^ter Rilph J. Sannott Jr,
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Thursday, October 27, 1938 Partly cloudy
Not for a long time have a group of ladies enjoyed the Inn
as much as the Charlestown Hif-h School Mothers Club this afternoon.
Twenty-seven ladies arrived at 12 o'clock. Before luncheon they walked
to the Mary Lamb School. It was noon recess time for the children
and these mothers enjoyed watching the boys and girls play games in tie
school yard. One little girl told the mothers group the story of Mary
and her lamb. Then the ladies walked back to the Inn for luncheon and
they lingered long in the dining room. During the afternoon they drove
in busses to the Boys School and later - towardsfour o'clock, heard
the story of the Inn itself. They declared that this was the greatest
treat of the whole day and when they left, all said that it had been a
perfect days outing. We looked at the clock. It was after five. We
thought of many suoper tables in Charlestown where mothers would be tell-
ing their High School sons and daughters about Longfellow' s Wayside Inn.
Friday, October 28, 1938 Rain
This evening a Linclon-Zephyr motor car glided to the front
door. Mr. and Mrs. Ford stepped from it into the front door of their
"ancient hostelry". There was a drizzle of rain outside but warm fires
were burning on the hearths inside and a warm welcome awaited the Land-
lord and his wife. These travellers had come by train and motor from
Dearborn, Michigan visiting friends on the way - a long journey. The
lights of the Inn must have been a welcome sight as they came smoothly and
speedily to the doorstep. Their mode of travel was different, but like the
travellers in Longfellow's Wayside Inn they came on one Autumn night to
Sudbury town - when -
"Across the meadows bare and brown
The windows of the wayside inn
Gleamed red with fire-light through the leaves
Of woodbine hanging from the eaves. "
The same hospitable picture greeted our travellers tonight - a
picturee thoughtfully and carefully preserved by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford.
Saturday October 29, 1958 Pleasant
To one young man by the name of Charles Callanan, today will stand
out as a Red Letter day. Charles is thirteen years eld and in the 8th grade
of the Academy at Loudonville, N. Y. He came to Boston this afternoon to
see H rvard play Princeton University in football. Charles is headed in an
educational way, for Princeton. Tonight he came with his father and mother to
stay over 'till tomorrow at the Wayside Inn. During the evening we learned
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Saturday, October 29 - continued
that this 8th grader had been studying Longfellow* s Tales
of a Wayside Inn. He asked about the Theologian, spoke of the Saga of King
Olaf - the Musician's Tale. He copied a list of all the characters in the
Tales and spent part of the evening re-reading the Preludes and Interludes
in Longfellow' s work. Seldom do we entertain a bey of that age who is so
genuinely and sincerely appreciative of the Inn. Our landlord, Mr. Ford,
recognized this and to our great pleasure put his mane in a new copy of the
Tales of a Wayside Inn - our special Visitors edition and presented it to
young Charles. This is something that Charles will cherish the rest of
KAYSiDE "!! r
Sunday, October 50, 1938 Pleasant
To a Sunday guest the ^nn appeared a : usual. Dinner wj
being served, groups of people were on their way thro i se.
Several old friends cai e n for a eal. We saw Dr. John Van Scha ' ck
and Rev. Lalone, members of the Retreat group. r. and . .rs. Cox who
cone here almost without exception for their Sund-y dinner were among
those in the dining roo. . The telephone rang frequently. n the
kitchen, the cooks ir.ere placing food on p ate after pi eta. Waitresses
were seating guests in the dining roo . The hoste
guests, taking orders, answer : ng questions. All the hundred 1 ' ttle
activities of the Inn were be'ng executed the some as on any other
Sunday through ut the ye^r. Yet there was somethln fferent about the
Inn today. Those who belong to th s larj e nn faily felt t
and rejoiced. Our host and hostess, tor . and rs. Ford were here, at the
Wayside ^nn. ile were happy n knowing this. The guests too, were pie? sed.
lany of ,he spoke to us of the'r pleasure n seeing r. and r^.. Fora.
Others Dr. Van Schaick, for nxtanee, sent n his best regards. Sever
hundred Sunday visitors enjoyed the hospitality of th s lovely ol
le r. and r. Ford n their qu'et, grac ous way, looked on. :re
ad then to find, at the end of the day and after the last guest h le,
our landlord and h s wife Ln front of the open f : re. We tip- toed av> .
toonday, October 31, 1933 Pleasant
r s ..fternoon ..e entertained r. Charles L. Noyes, 84 yerrz
old of Grove Street, Fra ngham, ass. r. Noj i born ; n Sudbury,
one mile fro., the Wayside nn. He married Geor of the
4th generation bo I've in the old Walker Garrison House, not far fro., the
T nn. When a boy . r. Noyes chore-boy at the nn. He worked here
for ..rs. Lemon - :. ade butter for the culinary depart ent. One of hi 3 tasks '.
to ailk the cows. There were bout 8 cows a w t the t' e. afternoon i
i r. Noyes sat in front of the fire n the Parlor, we could easily -cture
behind that gray straggly beard and wrinkled face, the a "11 boy to who the
inn was like a great castle ; n the old days. ~n the kitchen as bl all boy^
knew It, there was always a hustle and bustle in preparing . eals ies
were brought in from the diary and frr . yard. The little Noyes boy .
supposed to be in the background, but the thought of guests co Ing fro the
large cities and travelling fro. one place to another intrigued the country bred
child and he undoubtedly peeked around the corner Into the front part of the hou
on more than one occasion. Christmas parties .vere held In the Ball-roc
r. Noyes remembers th-t Santa Claus car e ; n the window by the Fi Idler' - st?
So i.ir. Noyes rabbled on ana apparently took uch d easure n re n : --c ng about
his ch'ldhood days. When older, .r. Noyes p ayed the organ here when dances
wetre. hsld after a Grange picnic. A visit to the nn after these any years i
real treat for this old gentleman.
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Tuesday, Novenber 1, 19-68
r. and ftrs. Ford left this -Tternoon for the'r hoi e 'n Dearborn,
. Lchigan. We were all sorry to have the* so a e that they will co e
to nee us again soon.
We were to3d today about a young 1 * boy who v's'ted the inn
during the past su wer. He wanted to carry so e Inn buckwheat flour
back to England - so he purchased a f J ve pound bag of t at the Gr t ill.
L: ter the bag proved to be to; hesvy ^nd too large to ,r^ck n an ordinary
travelling cr.se. Consequently when the young i sn boarded a ho eward bound bet
in New yor}c,he was seen err, bag of Wayside 'nn Buckwheat flour under his ar I
He walked towards the gang plank and when half way up, t burst open! Old
fashioned, water-ground Buckwheat flour fro: the Wayside nn at So. Sudbury,
sachusetts was scattered to the wind; some of It was tossed about on the waves
of the Atlantic oceanj most of it lay on the -nk of otb oce n n 1'ner
where hundreds of see-going passengers picked up bits of it on the soles of the'
shoes'. We v;onder Lnto how many foreign countries and ^nto how many homes across the
sea our Wayside Buckwheat flour spread'.
Wednesday, Novenber 2, 1938
We never tire of the Gooklns and apparently the Gook'ns never tire
of the .nn. Ihey coue almost ever.) week fro., the'r little apart ent In
Cambridge. When the ten o'clock morning bus stops at our fate we °re ore
than l : kely to see fir. and - rs. Gook : n steppping fro.. ' t. r 3. Gookin
carries a large bag and umbrella, . r. Gookin a c*ne and overcoat. Therefore
were quite pleased to snap a cture of the Gook'ns n a typical pose, carrj ng
their customary belongi ngs. i:r. Gook'n is 8° years ad rs. Gookin has ju
K/lYS DE NN D ARY
Thursday November 3, 1938
A laxly v bh a ] .fctle r] i bout ten year" o] .1 the
bess. The ch : ld *nd her .other v;ere not dressed In the latest fashion.
Their clothes were well worn, almost hhabby. "t Is very likely th^t they
co.. e fro. ' : "il town - not - large city. This vis t to Sudburj was tre- t
for both .other and daughter, something long ol^nned for and to be re/ e. bered
for » long blme. Before ieav ng bhey returned to the B^r-roo and rather bash-
fully put t' s question to the hostess: "Have you anyth ng here that George
'.i ngton used?" y little girl would ] "ke to touch ih r 'ton
touched", sold the :. other. ILe hostess pro iptly ent: ned the wr t ng ar
V. 'ndsor chair in the Bar-roo: which ca e dro a t'vern nf eld, Conn, where
George Washington sto. ped. He is said to have sat 'n t r. Our little
guest todn;y was evidently pleased beyond words to s t in trie saae Chair. She
sat n "t for several cinutes without saying a word.
Friday November 4, 1938
The Vermont Soy Bean Association held a meeting and luncheon here
today with r. Joseph Winterbotham of Burl '. r.gbon, Ver ont in charge. The
purpose of this society Is to pro. ote the growth and utilization of the Soy
Bean - to give the far bts another ca3h crop besides "Ik. ; any les of
products ; ade fro... the soy bean were on exhibition at the meeting - the
Soy bean butter Soy bean glycerol, iull Soy, b vegetable ill bitute - and
a sample using Soy bean glue Lhesive. i'h's lasb product of t
Edison Institure. Other way s of using the Soy bean were seen n Soy be
flour, Soy beE.n . acaror Soy bean soup noodles. Nineteen .en v.ere in -nee
at the meeting wh ch lasted into the early afternoon.
Soy Bean Association
This is to Certify that ,
of , is a member of
the Vermont Soy Bean Association and is
entitled to all rights and privileges as such.
This membership shall be in effect until
January i, 19
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Saturday, November 5, 1938 Pleasant
We have been expert enc'n^ 30. e uns 1 n bher - uch
warmer than usual at bh s tj e of year. The n ht have been bal; y with
a beautiful .oon. rhis even ng was especially pretty with the oon
throwing long shadows around the house and aero;."; the leadows. r.
Bov»ker, dinner guest as usua] on S burday n ght, thought th excellent
evening to take a picture of the Lnn. He drove back to his ho e ; n 7orce~ter
furthe necessary equipment, cane down aga n to the r nn an hour Irter ar ed
v/ith a ladder, carcera and r :: . Bovrkei \ able assistant. After "r Bowker
carefully placed bhe cauera a the prober posit on and - p L?r cl
the ladder, ready tr- take the picture - a cloud Tudden<tly a 1 over
i:.oon and spoiled the lovely acene. ? eture" were taken, but r. Bowker
rather disa pointed cauera-Ean nrheii lie packed up his pai and starter d
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Sunday November 6, 1938 Warn;, cloudy
We never see Mr. and Mrs* Stratton and their daughter during the
week, but we do see thee- frequently on Sunday. They often coir:e here for
Sunday dinner. The l'-ttle Stratton child is very bright in some way^but
she is a delicate, sickly -looking little girl. lira. Stratton told us today
that before her daughter was out of bed thi s morning, she was asked where she
would like to go for dinner. Little Janet replied: " I want to go to that
place where they have roast beef and cider."
Monday, November 7, 1938 Pleasant
A very pretty party was held in the large dining room this evening
by 64 teachers of the Cambridge High School. Place cards and favors added to
the gaiety of the dinner and in between dinner courses, the singing of songs was
enjoyed. After dinner games i ere played while guests were still seated at the
tables. The person in charge arranged some kind of entertainment for every
minute of the evening.
Tuesday, November 8, 1938 Pleasant
Today the voters of Massachusetts cast their ballots for Governor.
By early evening it was certain that Leverett Sal ton stall had won over former
Governor Curley. Because of many people wishing to cast a ballot in their own
home town and to stay near their own home radio to hear the returns of the
election, we had a rather quiet day. In the evening several guests arrived to
stay overnight, most of them from New York. They are here to attend the football
game between St. karks and Groton Schools. St. .7iarks is locrted in the nearby
town cf Southboro. One ofthe guests, ;.r. Brown informed us: "If St. i.arks wins
the game, a holiday will be declared and we will stay over another day. But if
St. Marks loses, we will depart immediately!"
Wednesday, Novermber 9, 1938 Pleasant
Yesterday aorning and this morning we have entertained pupils froic
the 5th grade of the Waltham ^ass. schools. ?.ore of these 5th graders are
expected to come tomorrow morning. All are studying early American history.
The ij.ercury climbed to 77 degrees last Jionday and It is still war;- and
summer-ish. Crisp, Fall days have not reached us yet and it is doubtful if they
will ever come, Many people pred'et a sudden blast of Winter weather and a snow
storm to break up this unseasonable spell. A Boston lady reports that during the
past week she has received the following samples of flowers found in bloom by
friends who have kindly sent them to her.
-, paint brush
., f , vi§lets
black-eyed susans pansies
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Thursday, November 10, 1938 Pleasant
"The tree with deep roots laughs at the ways of the wind!"
Last weeks diary showed a picture of our friends * r. and Irs.
Gookin. lirs. Gookin was seen recently by one of the hostesses sitting on
the stump of a pine tree - over on the road towards Frasinghao • One one
side of Mrs. Gookin lay the fallen tree itself while all around her were large
branches and other evidences of the havoc wrought by the Hurricane.
mrs. Gookiiiwas a pathetic figure as she sat on the bsire stump of the old tree.
"Do you know", she said, "I think this is the stump of our old pine tree that
we have known for so ;r:any years. Eany , many times have Mr. Gookin and I sat
beneath it and enjoyed a rest in its cool shade."
Dancing classes for the three schools -ere held here today instead
of on Friday because of the holiday.
Friday, November 11, 1938 Pleasant
"Lord, let War's tempest cease, fold the whole world in Peace"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For the first tine, November 11th is a National holiday. ^any of
the business establishments in and about Boston were closed. I he Inn took on
a holiday appearance. Early in the morn ng the AnerJcan flag was seen flying
over the front door. Guests came to see the house at an early hour. Soon
after 12 o'clock noon the dining rooms were nearly filled with people who were
making this a day in which to rest from their usual labors. Towards evening
members of the State Council, Sons and Daughters of Liberty began to arrive
for dinner. By seven o'clock, 260 people had gathered here to be served
in the large dining room. This was a record breaker for us - a record breaker
for the number seated at one time. Regular guests were taken care of as usual.
At the end of the day, nealy 600 people had eaten their holiday dinner at the
Saturday, November 12, 1938 Pleasant
It was sur rising to us how ::.uch Piatt Adams, Jr. knew about old
guns. He is about 18 years old f we should say, yet he had a keen appreciation
of antique nfle3. He spotted the old gun n the Tap rooo; This gun has the
sa:.:e factory stamp as a gun I have," said young Ada. s. "And th 3 sane
company made the first American pocket gun" - he continued. He handled the
gun like a veteran collector and told us that he has a collect .on of h
own. "I've taken eve-y one of my guns apart and put the- together aga'n" he
said. ...r. A lams comes fro. . adLson, Connect' cut. He * s staying overnight,
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Sunday, November 13, 1938 Pleasant
Some overnight guests, 4 ladies, went for a walk th'.s
morning and returned with several four-leaf clovers which they had
picked along the way. They presented their lucky finds to ...iss demille,
Later, in the afternoon, the sane ladies went walking again. This time
they returned with a rabbit's foot, found ; n the woods. This was also
given to our hostess. Now everyone is looking for the good luck which
we hope and expect will be-fall miss de;.ille.
i.ionday, November 14, 1938 Pleasant, cold
Some guests find here
A peace and calm
They hold most dear
Mr. Dame holds the Inn most dear. He finds here a restfulness and
peacefulness wluch he does not talk about or even write about. Lawrence Dave
is a professional writer, yet his feeling for the Wayside Inn is something he
has not expressed in words. He knows the Inn intimately, knows every nook and
corner. He has trapped through the woods in the surrounding country, rested
unfler tall pines, made of the stone walls a vantage point from which to paint
pictures. He has read books of war and peace by the glow of our fireplace,
written letter* to friends across the sea, recounted stories ofjfrife in foreign
lands. Then he tells us that it is good to be here in Sudbury. .
Wherever Mr. Dame goes he is loyal to the Inn. We were not surprised
to receive a card from him, written in Mexico. He travels extensively, makes
lengthy reports about dlstinguifaed visitors to America. Only the other day he
tried to persuade the French Ambassador to make a stop at the Wayside Inn
as he whizzed by in an official car. It is strange to th'nk of Mr. Da. e
speeding by in a motor car, herded in among "hard boiled" newspaper men.
Usually our friend rides a bicycle, Rosy by name. Without any fuss Rosy is
housed in the Gate house for the night wh le Mr. Dame quietly opens our front
door and asks if he can have his usual room. His usual room is Edrehi - for
Israel Edrehi, the Spanish Jew. Softly ...r. Da^e will co^.e into the Bar room
to sit by the fire. He will have dinner at 6:30 - not forgetting the home-like
touch of a baked potato, please. And when dinner is announced, :..r. Dame will
tip-toe into the dining room. No, i r. Dame has not put into words h s own
appreciation of the Wayside Inn. lo those of us who see him here, he will never
need to tell us. It is more than evident in his soft voice, kindly eyes and in
his reverent manner - that he holds the Inn "most dear."
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Tuesday, November 15, 1938 Pleasant
A very large man, Ex-mayor Knox of So;.erville, Massachusetts
was an after-luncheon speaker today at a meeting of the Wardens and
Matrons Association , held in the new dining room. He was a jolly speaker,
kept his audience laughing and attentive. First of akl, he congratulated
the committee in charge of the luncheon for choosing to come to the Wayside
Inn. He spoke of its delightful atmosphere and its ancient charm. Next,
the ex-mayor spoke of the food and said: "Look at me, you would know that
I like food. This meal has been excellent in every way."
Wednesday, November 16, 1938 Partly cloudy
Boston is holding a Book Fair which is bringing to the city many
well known authors. We should like to have seen Marian Nichols Rawson,
author of Candle Days and other books on Colonial life. Kenneth Roberts was there^
writer of historical novels. But we couldn't go. Tickets were scarce and
great crouds of people there. So we kept our eyes and ears open hoping that at
least one famous writer would favor us w th a visit. Sure enough, Mr. Duncan
Hines, author of "Adventures in Good Eating" was seen among our guests today." 3 *'
Thursday, November 17, 1938 Rain
A guest here th _s morn'ng remembered using a Paul Revere type of
lantern in her old home. One day, not long ago, she went back to her old house
in search of the lantern. It was there, but not in its usual place. Some-
one had flattened it out and nailed it tight down over a rat hole!
We overheard the following remark as a guest was looking at our old
copper kettle which had just been vigorously cleaned and polished.
"I have kettle like that, only my kettle 's not new ?nd bright like that one.
My kettle is really old. My grandmother used itl"
Friday, November 18, 1938 Fog
"The best of all New England Inns is the Wayside Inn at South
Sudbury, Massachusetts." A clear convincing voice cane over the Radio. It was the
voice of Betty Crocker, authority on foods and cookillfc, speaking for Bisqulck Flour,
Today Mlsa Crocker told of her several visits to the Inn. She praised its
hospitality and said that it wass. as if a magic wand had touched the place and
re-created the way of life and quality of life f a by-gone day. She sa r d that we
should all be grateful o Mr* Henrj Ford for this faithful restoration. Giving
an accurate, complete history of the house, Hiss Crocker presented a charging
picture of it to her listeners - housewives all over the United States. She
continued next page.
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Friday, November 19 - continued
carried the listener through the various rooms and spoke particularly of
the old kitchen which she said contained the most complete collection
of antique cooking utensils she had ever seen. She spoke of the Inn as a
shrine of the past, an ideal which we can all share. Then Miss Crocker
turned to the more practical side and gave a detailed account of the
luncheon served here. She mentioned Chicken Pie and gave a receipe for it.
The Grist Mill was mentioned and the flour we grind there. Altogether it was
a splendid talk, full of enthusiasm and admiration for the Wayside Inn.
Saturday, November -3^, 1958 Rain
decent guests have been the following:
Sir Wilfred Grenfell (again) w.th Mr. Knowles A. Ryerson
Assistant Dean, College of Agriculture, University of California.
Mr. M. F. 0' Conner, Principal of the Fram ingham State Normal
School w.th Dr. Ambrose N. SuhrLe, Director, Department of Education,
Nev. Yorrk University, New Yrrk City.
Dr. q nhrie: "The dinner is a memory. I will come again on the slightest
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Sunday, November 20, 1938 Pleasant
Boy scouts, numbering six, paid us an early coming visit.
They caii-e from Newton, »:ass. and had spent the night at a Scout camp on
. t. Nobscot. Ihey were polite and interested; wished they could have
son:e cooking utensils like those n our old kitchen w'th wh'ch to cook
out-door meals by their camp fire. When these boys registered in our
guest book, they signed their names under the heading "Missing Link Patrol."
Monday, November 21, 1938 Very pleasant
The matron fro n the Cambridge Ho;;:e for the Aged brought in four
old ladies to go through the house this afternoon. It was a pathetic sight.
One lady wa3 too feeble to walk beyond the Bar-roo^, two of the other three
ladies were s : sters and the fourth was stone deaf. But they managed to get around
the house - even to the upstairs and as far as the large Ball-roou:. When
leaving, the hostess passed so:;;e of the old fashioned candies. The ir.atron was
nuch pleased and said th^t the ladies would never forget their visit here; that
they would talk about it for uany a day. A few ::ore candies were placed ^n an en-
velope and the ;. atron said she would give a piece to each person : n the Hove to
have for her supper. She said that this gesture would .nean a great deal to the
ladie3 who are ...ostly "shut-ins" and who have read and heard '.uch about the
Inn but have ne/er seen it.
Tuesday, November 22, 1938 Pleasant
Last evening the Redstone School children and the boys and girls in
the Southwest school presented an entertainment in the large Ball roo: 1 . Iwo
plays were given and recitations and songs were enjoyed. A,r:ong the listeners
and one who enjoyed hearing the youngsters very i f uch indeed was Jr. George
Faunce Whitcoab. Mr. Whit comb is the author of a poe; : which hangs in the Parlor
of the Inn. He wrote it while here in 1918. It was just before he left for the
World War - and he wrote:
"Farewell, then, old inn for a spell
I am off to join the ranks 1
Someday I may co;..e back and tell
Great tales myself, if not - farewell'."
•"We have always ren.eiibered that last l ; ne and guests often ask:
"Did he co:..e back?" We know that he did co^e back and has since written several
books of poetry. Tonight ;:r. Whitco...b told us that he "s spend'ng the w'nter
in Boston and will co.:e to see us again . He remembers r. Le:on very well and
spoke of him as an "old cronie." In the Spring another book fro i r. Whitcoi b 1 s
pen will be published and lar. Whitco; b offered to send a copy of it for the "inn
Library, i.ost of the time i.r. Whitco : ;;b lives n California.
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Wednesday, November 23, 1938 Partly cloudy
"Joy is in the parlor, Pun is on the stair
Bustle in the kitchen, Odors in the a'ri
Noth ng half so happy, Nothing half so dear
Oh, 'tis glad Thanksgiving, Joy of all the year!"
The house is a-quiver with the excitement of Thanksg'v'ng.
We have many reservations for the holiday dinner at the old Wayside inn.
A row of fiie looking turkeys can be seen down ^n the kitchen. Tables
are being coved from place to place n the din'ng rooms to make roo,:". for
the number of guests expected. Large bowls of fruit together w^th corn-
stalks and pumpkins make appropriate decorations. A little old baby's
cradle has been used as a model from wh ch the Thanksg- 5 v'ng favors have been
made. The boys inthe school have rade several hundred tiny cradles in their
wood-working shop. These are being filled with suitable candies and nuts.
This is a day of preparation. Tomorrow is the holiday - and we must prepare
ourselves for the Question: "What have you to be thankful for?"
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Thursday, November 24, 1938 Pleasant, snow
"America t America!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown they good with brotherhood
From sea to sh'ning seal"
"YiTiat do you wish to give thanks for on this Thanks-giving
day?" We a :ked little Rose-marie Hoye - a pupil in our Redstone School.
She answered: "I'ji thankful for all the good things T have". She ex-
plained more fully that the "good things" meant food andclothes. Then
Miss Fielding, one of our hostesses was asked the same question: "Wh^t
have you to be thankful for?" Miss Fielding had just partaken of a very
bountiful teal, so she replied: "I'm thankful for a very good Thanksgiving
dinner? Next we asked a fine looking youth fro- Detroit, 16 years old,
what he had to be thankful for today. His answer was this: "I a: thank-
ful to be alive; to be alive in America where there is a Democracy and
freedom. I am thankful that I do not live in a foreign country where there
is war and hatred. Yes, you can say that I am thankful that I live 'n
America!" We think that th' s last vo : ces the sentiment of Lost of the people
of America on this 1938 Thanksgiving day. Surely everyone of our 532 guests would
have clasped the hand of this typical American boy In hearty approval. Every
guest would have T/ished In his heart to uiake of the thought a little prayer -
that America would always be a peaceful, good place in wh ch to livej that
Americans would always - year after year, generation after generation find it
in their hearts to say on Thanksgiving day, " an thankful that I live n A er'ca!"
Friday, November 25, 1938 Blizzard
For the gifts we have had fro; his hand
Who is Lord of the living
Let there ring through the length of the
A Thanksgiving! Thsnksglv'ng!
It was Sarah Josepha Hale - author of the last thfee stanzas in the
poem of "Mary Had a Litf° Lamb" who brought about Thanksgivng as a National
holiday. After working seventeen years trying to persuade the Presidents -
beginning with President FilLiore - to procln^r one day of the year as a day
of Thanksgiving, the Proclamation was finally signed "n 1863 by President
The Cradei-favors on our Thanksgiving tables were -.uch admired and
liked by our guests. i..r. and Mrs. Farmer told us that their cradles were
going to be sent to grandchildren _ one in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the other
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Friday, November 25 - continued
A party of four, under the nane of hr. Dlllaway, told U3 that
th : s was their 9th annual Thanksgiving day spent at the Wayside "nn.
A suggestion was once made by Dr. ! . D. Babcock to the effect
"that instead of having one day set apart for Ihanksgiv : ng it vsould be
better to set apart one day for coirplain'ng and era;! into it all our worries
leaving the rest of the year for gratitude."
Saturday, November 26, 1938 Pleasant
We:are glad to be in America when we hear directly of the wars
across the sea. Today we had as luncheon guests, two ladies who have just
returned from China. They have been working there as missionaries of the
China-Inland kission - an International - Interdenos-inational mission. When
asked about the Japanese-Chinese War, our guests sa^d emphatically that the \J
Japanese would never conquer China. "China is too large," they said. Another
lady was in th r s same group who had spent several years in Nigeria, Africa
as a member of the Sudan - Interior Mission.
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Sunday November 27, 1938
Today we are literally snow bound. This is the first heavy
snow of the season. Perhaps we should not say heavy for the flakes are
light and fluffy. They are falling fast so thbtthe ground is covered
with a thick, white blanket. Softly and constantly the tiny flakes
fall on roofs and window sills. A few of the Wayside Inn family have
ventured out and some have come In fro::, their hon:es. There Is :..uch
stamping of feet and the exclamation:
what a storm!" is heard
It is afternoon now and the snow fall is lessening; the flakes
are fewer and patches of blue sky can be seen. Several guests have
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Sunday, November 27 continued
had dinner here - brave enough to come over the white, uneven roads.
They ssy th°t it is a good day to come to the Wayside Inn; ware:, co?y f'res
within and a clean white winter landscape without.
THE BRIDGE OF STONE
"Leaning o'er the bridge of stone,
To watch the speckled trout glide by."
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Monday, November 28, 1938 Partly cloudy
We don't know very much about the tall, polite young ran with a
slight lisp, except that his name is Mr. Law and he lives in Cambridge.
In the summer, Mr. Law conducts tour groups to Europe. He comes to the
Inn from time to time bringing travellers from all parts of the United
State s with him. Today he brought a guest froir Rome, Italij. When he
introduced his friend to the hostess, :.ir. Law said, "My friend has just
got off the boat this afternoon and I wanted to show him the best th'ng
first, *o I brought him right away to the Wayside Innl"
Tuesday, November 29, 1938 Cloudy
A 1939 Ford V8 Station wagon bearing five husky men dressed in
gay plaid woolen jackets, drew up at our front door today. In the back of the
Wagon we e five beautiful brown deer - their silky sr.ooth coats lay flat on
the floor of the car and five deer's heads with sharp pronged horns hung over
the rear end. The men came in for luncheon and afterwards 'nvited us to lake
a closer inspection of the result of their hunting expedition. They had been
to Maine and almost snowed n - but were lucky in getting out - 10 or 12 uriles
-in a snow-mobile. The camp was west of '.locsehead lake and they drove to it
all the way from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, November 30, 1938 Pleasant
It is a long time sine e we have heard anything about the Northwest
Territory Caravan wh^ch started out from Ipswich, Massachusetts nearly a year
ago. It was composed of 36 young men who were re-enacting the trek of the
pioneers, who in 1787 went by covered wagon and oxen to Marietta, Ohio.
It will be remembered thatthe 1937 caravan can.e by the Wayside Inn and that
several of the young men in their buckskin suits and fur caps spend the night
here. These modern pioneers reached their destination on April 7th after a
rather perilous journey through the mountains of Pennsylvania. At West New-
ton, Pennsylvania the boys built boats like those built by the original
pioneers and these boats conveyed the caravn, covered wngon, oxen and all down
the Ohio river to Marietta. The party broke up shortly after and one of this
courageous group has just returned to his home in Massachusetts. In a news-
paper interview (Boston H erald, Nov. 20) he told of the trip fron start to
finish. This is what he said about the Waysidelnn.
"You've probably seen In the papers how
Henry Ford gave us permission to stay at the
Wayside Inn In Sudbury on our way out, because
the men in 1787 stopped there. Each of our party
was given the room where the man he represented
had slept. I was portraying Simeon ".'art in and
was given the room where it Is claimed Lsfayettd
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Thursday, December 1, 1938 Partly cloudy
Several of our guests have told us of hearing Betty Crocker
give her talk about the Wayside Inn on the radio. Today we had some
people from New Jersey who heard Betty Cfcocker 1 s description of the
house and were so fascinated by it that they made a special effort to
An itinerant Red Cross worker, jogging along in her car, on
the afternnon of november 18th through the devast4d Hurricane area, tuned
in on Betty Crocker. Her account of the Inn was so vivid the Red Cross worker
told us later that "it made me just want to come to see the place."
Friday, December 2, 1938 Cloudy, cold
Braving icy roads and the uncertainty of New England winter
weather, five high school girls from the Sophomore class of the Horace
-Mann School in NewYork City arrived In Boston for a historical tour. They
reached the Inn th s afternoon accompanied by a teacher. This is the firfet
time that members of a class of the Horace i/iann School have been permitted
a field excursion beyond New York. They were so eager to absorb Colonial
history that they decided tctrack it right down to its source. Consequently
they visited Concord and Lexington and reached here about 4 o'clock. They
were lovely girls - genuinely s ncere about their interest in things colonial.
They voluntarily proclaimed the Inn to be the best stop on their trip. "This
is much better than any museum we have been in" - declared one of the young
ladies as she bought picture post cards for an official diary of their outing.
Saturday, December 3, 1938 v oderat ing
Two big fat robins were seen by the back door step last Monday
morning - hopping around in the snow.
Guest: "I felt just as one should when leaving an old Inn -
perfectly satisfied. "
Frank Ca.se, owner and manager of the famed Algonquin Hotel has
just put into book form his recollections and memories called - "Tales of a
The vacancy caused by the resignation of Dr. Frederic Perkins as
minister of the Universalist National Memorial Church in Washington, is to
be filled by Dr. Seth R. Brooks - another of our Retreat ministers.
Last Saturday evening a party of 36 members of the 1913 graduating
class of the Marlboro High School held a reunion dinner : n our large Dining
room. This was the 25th anniversary and a very special affair with a small
orchestra playing tunes of 25 years ago.
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Sunday, December 4, 1938 Very pleasant
It is seldom that a large group is served on Sunday. Today
however, we entertained a group of 26 paople, most of them coming
from southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. They ate people who
have Summer Gift Shops in the town of Hyannis on Cape Cod. The last
minute before going into the dining vyoi r, soneone discovered an en-
gagement should be announced - that is, one of the young men in the
party had just become engaged to marry. Hastily some small cards were
secured and the names of the engaged couple written thereon. An arrow
was drawn through the names to suggest that Cupid had been hovering
Monday, December 5, 1938 Rain
For a Christmas gift suggestion, Goodspeeds Book shop in
Boston announces that they have for sale at $15.00 each, a Longfellow
fram'ng piece consisting cf an engraved portrait of the poet together
with a verse from the "Psalm of Life" in the poets' own handwriting
and signed by him.
The hostesses have enjoyed reading "Labrador Days" by Sir
Wilfred Grenfell in the December Atlantic lionthly magazine.
A new book about Longfellow has just been published called
"Young Longfellow". It is written by Laurence Thomps v on and shows
Longfellow as a very much alive young man who is struggling to achieve
eminence in the world of letters at a time when literary careers were
not encouraged. Quotations fro;; journals and letters tell of h"' s court-
ship with the beautiful Frances Appleton, who atthe end of Longfellow's
youth and of the book - consents to become his second wife.
Tuesday, December 6, 1938 Partly cloudy
Today we have started making Christmas favors for our
December 25th dinner tables. The hostesses are busy with th^n, red
cardboard, scissors and glue. After drawing the design, cutting and
fastening, the result is a tiny red sled wh ch will be filled with
candies and nuts. Here is a 3ide view of it.
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Wednesday, December 7, 1938 Pleasant
Speaking of the Christmas favors, one of our employees,
mr. Coulter, the house-nan who comes every day from the neighboring
town of L.aynard and .ho has worked here for 10 years, told us today
that he has kept every single Wayside Inn Christmas favor since we
started making them. He has them all, candles, Santa Claus hats, little
trees and baskets - all in a row on the mantle shelf. And Mr. Coulter
added - "some of them still have candy in them. We have to watch the
kiddies when they come in to see us!"
Thursday , December 8, 1938 Rain
i.lr. Choate bustled in the front door - as lively as a
cricket. But then, Mr. Choate is young - not more thau thirty-five.
He has black hair and a gold tooth - when he smiles. H-is dark eyes
snap as he talks and he talks very fast. He told an amusing story as
he gulped down jelly beans from the Sandwich -glasddi3h in the Bar-room.
It was probably several years ago when Mr, Choate was travelling in Ind^a.
He visited the laj Mahal of course. Then after viewing the gorgeous
structure - one of the Severn wonders of the World - vir- Choate in his en-
thusiasm bought 700 picture post cards of the plact to send to friends. He
said they were pretty cards - done in exquisite colors - but he nearly got
writer's cramp penning on each card these words; "Greetings from the laj
Mahal, the most beautiful building this side of heaven!" After this long
and lengthy chore, Mr. Choate addressed the cards and proceeded to the
Post office to mail them. And - now comes the sad part of the story - every
card would cost 5 cants to send! "Well", continued Mr. Choate, "even
Henry Ford could not stand that!" So he hunted up the Postmaster General
or whatever the Post-office has In India and there followed a very heated
argument which lasted one hour and a half. After searching through the
records, hunting up Page so and so and Rule and Regulat-'on so and so, the
Postmaster asked to see the message vh-ich Br, Choate had sent to his friends.
It was, as we have said - "the Taj Mahal - the most beautiful bullding"etc .
When the Post master saw this he danced around ^n great glee. The problem
was solved. "I '13 send them as advertizing matter at 2 csats apiece!" he
exclaimed. Mr. Choate told us that he used to come to the Wayside Inn r years
ago" when he was at Harvard. "And I've bought lots of your books and post-
cards and things and sent to friends In tines past." he raced on between a
black and red jelly bean. Then with a Cheerio and a promise to come again,
Hr. Choate waved his hand and was off - perhaps to India to see the Taj Mahal
"the most beautiful building this side of heaven!"
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Friday, December 9, 1938 Ra'n
A gentleman told us recently about a odern goad - a goad
being the stick 7.'hich u.en use in driving cattle. Tn the old days, an
old fashioned goad had a tiny point on the end - to spur the cattle on
and to ;..ake thei.: mind. It was a cruel LI. ng - dug Into the flesh.
Cattle drivers used to yell at the cattle and use the goad in :::any harsh
ways. Now-a-days, our guest told us, goads are made v»-'th a tiny electric
battery attached inside the stick. When the goad touches the anirr.al it
gives a slight shock and has the desired effect. It Is a ruch less hurt-
ful method and does not injure the anln.al in any way.
Saturday, December 10, 1938 Partly cloudy
Four woaien cane in for luncheon today and we discovered four
distinguished guests. Heading the list and the guest of honor, was
Geraldine C. Amies from Melbourne, Australia - one of the moat outstanding
woii;en in Great Britain, She is a Doctor of Medec'ne and specializes on
the health of the teeth. She Is very young appearing and has come to this
country on a special medical mission for the British Government. Her
husband is Dean of the medical School of Melbourne.
The hostess of the party was Mrs. I ; ner, wife of the Dean of the
Harvard Dental School who announced as she brought ^n herguests: "I feel
thatiirs is the whole of New England right here."
Another member of the party was a " rs. Cushing, w^fe of the
Editor of the Hearst Syndicate of newspapers.
^ The fourth lady was Mildred Buchanan Flagg, author of two books
o4r children - one called "..laid of Plymouth" and the other - "Boy of Sale:.".
These are historical books telling the story of the Pilgrims and Puritans.
Mrs. Flagg is the wfe of the manager of the MacMillan Publishing house.
Aftd Another distinguished guest today, though not in the above
group, was Hugh Foster, 9 years old of Needhar, Mass. ..aster Foster is in
the 6th grade, the youngest In his class. He has lived in England and
Switzerland - attended school in both countries. 7/hile n England he attended
an egg rolling fete "in the country somewhere" ana after the egg rolling,
dined in a great English house with the present Duke of Windsor.
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Sunday, December 11, 1938
Funeral services were held today for Lady Grenfell.
She died in Boston after a long illness. Last summer she was able
to come to the Inn two or three times and it will be remembered
that Sir Wilfred Grenfell was a redent guest here. It was when
Sir Wilfred was at the Inn for dinner a few weeks ago that he told
us of the seriousness of Lady Grenfell' s illness and that she would
not be able to walk again.
Monday, December 12, 1938
For a long time we have been seeking a receipe for old
fashioned wafers. We have a wafer iron hanging beside the fire-
place in the Bar-room and thought we would like to put it into
practical use. Guests have told us that a th ; .n rice wafer is made
in Japan in the same kind of iron. A woman told us that she had
purchased an old wafer iron in England and had actually made a wafer
in it. So we have been hunting in old cook books for a receipe -
without success. Today a woman came from the South. She told about
a wafer iron in her family and how it was used in the present time
for making thin, crisp wafers. This was our chance to ask for the
receipe. The guest seemed quite pleased and said she would be de-
lighted to send the old rule - and she added that she would send some
wafers too- - packed in cotton.
Tuesday, December 13, 1938
Christine Holbrook - Editor of "Better Homes and Gardens"
Mr. Johnson who told us that he parcook of a dinner here
in 1892 - served in the Old Kitchen.
Mr. and i^rs. Charles Stacy French who came to the Inn
after their marriage in Cambridge on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 10th.
Mrs. French was the former Margaret Coolidge, daughter of Br, and
Mrs. Julian Lowell Ccolidge.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis N. Wiggins. Mr. Wiggins is landlord
of VJiggins Tavern at Northampton, iwass.
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Wednesday, December 14, 1938 Pleas3nt
CHRISTMAS SECRETS. There are some around the Wayside
Inn these days. The writer happens to know of a few and altho'
she has been pledged to secrecy, she looks upon the Diary as a kind
of repository where thoughts and secret3 can be kept Jn a confidential
way. F^rst, there is to be a Christmas tree for the birds. Our
little feathered friends are such loyal friends! The winter birds
like blue jays and chicadees and starlings are ever at our door step
seeking crumbs. If a snow storm comes, then they peck down under
the snow to see if by chance they can hit upon a left over cruinb.
Their tree is to be a tall one - and the "ornaments" will be placed
high up in case a stray cat or dog should mistake it for his own
particular Christmas celebration. The "ornaments" will consist of the
following: Strings of white popcorn, strings of red cranberries,
little tarltan bags containing suet and pieces of bread cut T n star
shape. Some one told us that we should have round doughnuts hung from
the branches. Anyway its going to be a pretty tree for a short time.
We think that as soon as word gets around through the large bird family
here, the Christmas tree will swiftly become devoid of its decorations.
Another secret is a stocking. Thrs will be a very large one
made of cotton flannel and it will have a bright red toe and heel and
top. Tinkling bells will tinkle on heel and toe. The stocking will be
deposited at our Fireplace in the Bar-room by Santa Claus as he comes
down the chimney on the night before Christ; '.as. It will be there when
the Wayside Inn family arrives for work on Christmas day. And inside the
stocking Santa will leave gifts - not large expensive presents, but a
thoughtful reminder that Christmas, the Birthday of our Saviour, is here.
Not one single person inside the Wayside Inn will be forgotten.
Thursday, December 15, 1938 Plea'- ant
A recent guest told Miss Fisher about a. Warming pan. It
belonged in New England and was used here years ago. Somehow its long
wooden handle disappeared; only the round brar?s covered container for
coals remained. Our guest found the circular piece in the home of
her ancestors, the last connecting l : nk to their inore hu;nble way of
living. Our gue3t cherished this, carried it with her to a new hoi^e
in the western part of the United States. Here friends and neighbors
exclaimed over her heirloom, a great curiosity to roost of the people
in that section of the country. A carpenter was engaged to ; ake a handle,
to restore the bed warmer to its original condition. But the carpenter
waj of a different generation and h's -ncestors never care to New England.
He thought the Warming pan w^.t to hold over the fireplace - perhaps used
in cooking, so he made the handle to appear genuine, he charred it -
gave it a burnt appearance. Our guest told of her disappointment as she
looked with admiring eyes at our bed-warmer in the Bar-room. Then she
brightened: "Later on I employed another carpenter to change the handle -
make it clean and neat. I know that it was always kept that way in the old
days," she said.
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Friday, December 16, 1938 Pleasant
1. Who first used the expression, "Thank you ma'ams"?
2. Where did the expression "Bury the Hatchet" originate?
3. What famous poet once bou$ta Windi.ii.ll?
1. Henry W. Longfellow was the. first to use the expression in
"Kavanagh". He used it in this manner:
"We went like the wind over the hollows
in the snow. The driver called them "thank
you ma'ams" because they made everybody bow.
2. The term comes from the lore of the American Indian who
had a custom, when arriving at a peace agreement with
an enemy, of burying a hatchet or tomahawk - in token of
their treaty. Longfellow in "Hiawatha" referred to the
custom as follows:
"On the banks their clubs
Buried all their war-like
3. Longfellow once bought a Rhode Island Windmill and gave it to
his life-long friend, George Washington Greene, the historian.
Saturday, December 17, 1938 Cloudy
It would be hard to describe the Bowkers -=s they came in
our front door this evening. They are the people who br'ng us
roses from their garden in Su:.m,er and roses fror. a green-house "in
Winter - regularly every Saturday when they come here for dinner.
They didn't forget the roses tonight even tho 1 their arms were filled
with other things - a Christmas remembrance for each and everyone -
all wrapped in blue and silver - that lovely shade of blue wfch re-
minds us of deep, dark night and the star shining over Bethlehe:.;. There
were presents for everybody, different size boxes for hostesses, wait-
resses and kitchen staff. We are so grateful to these good friends.
They will not be here for Christmas, they go to New York. "But," said
Mrs. Bowker, "we'll be back. We'll never desert the Ways'de Inn for
the Ritz or the Plaza I"
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Sunday, December 18, 1938 Cloudy
Mrs. Webster is a lovely person. She lives alone,
in Newport Rhode Island. Her f an ily are scattered In other
parts of the world. But Mrs. Webster interests herself in
many things, among thee the life of early New Englanders, their
houses and the New England landscape. She paints and brought
paints and brushes v hen she arrived at the Inn yesterday. But
the weather has not been pleasant and Mrs. Webster explained
that she j ikes to paint thr ngs in the right atmosphere. She
spoke of the Kill and said she wanted to paint it in the early
morning or with a sunset In the background — "but this gray,
dull weather Is not right for painting" she said. Mrs. Webster
is full of kindness and consideration for other people. She
has with her, as guests, a Mr. and Mrs. Wilbour. Mrs. Wllbour
i :akes hooked rugs and has been copying the designs of some of
our rugs here. We th nk that th s is the real purpose of
Mrs. Webster's visit - to give her friend a chance to develop
and work out new patterns for hooked rugs.
Monday, December 19, 1938 Ram
Early this even ng e had an unusual request - via the
telephone. A reservation for a double room had been made by
a Mr. Fraser Gurd. He told us that he was being married this
afternoon and would arrive "t the Inn around 10 or 11 o'clock.
At 5 o'clock the telephone rang and a. low , quiet voice told us
that the person talking was the "best man" and that Mr. Gurd
would be late in getting here and would be very hungary. Could
we arrange to have some cold meat, breed and butter and milk
in his room ? We were also told that ©. dozen large red roses had
been sent to place in the room. Consequently this quiet evening
was spent in preparation for a Bride and Groom. The roses werefof
the long stemned variety and looked like a picture - put into a
pewter tankard and placed before a long dressing table mirror.
The lunch was arranged neatly on a tray, the cold meat having been
made into sandwiches. And the groom did not forget to thank us
for our efforts in spite of the proverbial confusion and nervousness
Tuesday, December 2D, 1938 Cloudy
For the past several days we have had staying here, two
gentlemen fro~. Dearborn, Mr. Henry Pollakowski and Mr. Charles Smith,
These young men brought to the estate a caterpillar tractor W'th
Diesel engine for clear ng logs and stumps, debris of the Septe: ber
hurricane. Tonight the boys drove over to Hudson, Mass. to see
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Tuesday, December 2D, 1938 continued
Christmas decorations. This town is said to have the f'nest
display of any small city in the state. Festoons of lights form
an arch over the main street and brillantly lighted stars and
decorated trees and huses give the whole town a gala appearance
great rejoicing on th's Birthday of our King.
Wednesday, December 21, 1938 Cloudy
There is a lowly manger out Ln the shed near the old store.
Many pilgrims journeyed towards it tonight. They came from near and
far, these people, to see once again the beautiful story of Christmas,
re-enacted by our Wayside Inn boys. The ranger '■ s nestled arong
wooded hill3 in the great out-of-doors. It brought the true feeling and
spirit of that holy n.ght in Bethlehem, to each and everyone there,
it stirred every heprt - that quiet, peaceful scene. Sheep moved
slowly about. Mary sat motionless beside the Christ child. A single
bright star gleamed above bne d " i ly l-.ghted shed. Christmas carols
came to oub ears. Then plodding slowly fror. the hills ca^e Shepherds
their staffs silhouetted in white aga ; nst the black sky. They r :oved
silently into the manger. "The Lord is my Shepherd, T. shall not want"
was said In unison. Froti. the opposite direction, three Kings in satin
robes appeared, bearing gifts a 3 we heard "We Three Kings of Orient Are",
Travellers pass'ng by stopped and waited and listened. All was calm
and All wa3 still. Quietly, "0 Little Town of Bethlehem" filled our
hearts. Suddenly a giant truck roared near us - gradually slowed down
and paused there - directly In front of the manger. The driver looked
upon it, hesitated, stepped on the gas, but as he disappeared out of
sight "Peace on Earth and Good will to Men" rang out ^nd trailed him
into the night. The pilgrims turned and started away bo their
homes, their hearts overflowing now with love and good will at th's
Christmas ti e.
Thursday, December 22, 1938 Pleasant
The Misses Dieffenbach, Miss Joan ani Miss Anne, have come to
spend the holidays here. They live in Norwood, N. J. and T ">oth work
daily through the year, Miss Joan Is the town tax collector and Kiss
Anne Ls 'n the office of the Socony-Vacur.n Oil Company s n Nev. York City.
They were here for Christmas last year.
A Reverend Mr. Condi t, Congregational minister fro.. Needb
has found the Inn a place of rest and retreat fro:, his labors. He has
been here for two days pnd ?fter much sleep and reading, he has a good
appetite - "the first ti;. e I have wanted to eat for a week" he said.
Strenuous days are ahe a( j w ith several Christmas services n his church.
Presented by Boys
;of. Way side School
Hundreds Come From Surrounding
Towns, and Motor Parties Stop on
Highway to Witness Scene
Marlboro. — The sixth annual
presentation of the Pageant of the
Nativity was given by the boys
of the Henry Ford Wayside Inn
School at the Country store
grounds near Hager's Mill pcnd
close to the Sudbury line last night
The affair was witnessed by hun-
dreds of people from the surround
ing towns and hundreds of others
passing over Route 20 in automo-
biles. There were 13 characters in
the pageant and 37 red robed
boys sang appropriate carols.
The boys enacted the .parts of
shepherds, angels, kings and Jo-
seph, while the part of Mary was
portrayed by Alice Sennott, daugh-
ter of Ralph J. Sennott, manager
of the Wayside Inn estate, and Mrs
The characters were as follows -
Joseph Albert Verseckes
Kings, — James Poblos, Peter Ko-
zak, Allen Durgis.
Herald — Vito Verseckes.
(Shepherds — Stanley IFarr, Gor-
don Randall, Walter Roberts, Les-
Angels— Philip Scott, Sherwood
Elder, Floyd Noyes, Kenneth But-
The pageant was directed by'
William F. Young, superintendent
of the Wayside Inn School.
WAYS.DE inn d.ary
Friday, December 23, 1938 Snow
Jollity and dear old Santa Glaus reigned supreme at the
Wayside Inn tonight. Santa Claus came down a specially :~ade chimney
in the large Ball-roo.v . And Santa wa_s fat and tall and bearded as usual.
He stood by a. Christmas tree wh ch had been decorated with strings of
pop-corn, sh^ny red and blue balls etc, and distributed g^fts to all the
Wayside Inn children. He gave every child a stocking filled w'th candy, too.
The mothers and fathers and friends sat by and witched. Iheyjsang carols ard
greeted each other with Merry Christmas and Happy New Year exclamations I
Everybody joined in singing and after the toys had been admired .and Santa
had been thanked, he turned on his heel and gave us a haarty good bye and
good luck and was gone - with his bells ring'ng, ringing - 'till he was far
away stealing down another chimney.
iturday, December £4, 1938 Pleasant
Out of the still, dark "night before Christmas" came voices
singing "It came upon the i.idnight clear". It was 10:30 by the
sombre clock in the Parlor. Hostesses and guests had not yet retired and
they listened. The voices car.e nearer and were soon at our very door.
Loud and clear came the words "that glorious song of old" as the great
Christian door of the Inn was flung open. There, on the front step stood
a little company of people - of all ages and sizes, singing, raising their
heads and voices towards our candle ' ighted windows. little beams of
candle light streamed acYbss the yard, wreaths of evergreens swayed in ths
breeze, the carols rang out through the crisp, Wxnter air - "Noel, Noel, the
angels did sing" and "Oh, Come all Ye Faithful". The night was bitter cold.
The carolersftiad coi.ie from a Sudbury church. The minister was invited to
bring his people into the house to enjoy the warmth and cheer of our fire-
p Aaeos places, but he declined saying th°t soi.e warm refreshments awaited
the- elsewhere. Young and old voices together floated across our threshold.
Christmas songs echoed through the hall. Then, with cheery Christmas
greetings, the singers went on therr way to seranade others.
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Sunday, December 25, 1938 Pleasant
• * The Inn
This is a beautiful Christinas day, a little bit of
snow, and the sun shining brightly. Santa Claus could have
travelled around very swiftly and easily last n ; ghtj no icy roads
or blinding blizzards to hinder h'm. He didn't forget our
Chimney at the Wayside Inn and vvhen we arrived th s corning, there
was his large, white stocking with red trainings hanging by the
fireplace. The stocking had tiny, tinkling bells on it, too. It
was burst ng with large 3.nd small and med-'um-sized packages, ~oor
Santa underestimated the siae of the Wayside Tnn fai ily and stocking
was much too small to hold all the gifts. So boxes tied /. ' bh red
ribbons and holly and tinsel were heaped in a pile on tie floor.
It looked almost too pretty to touch. This person didn't want to
be the first to peek at the names and that one came in and looked ^nd
said Oh and Ah and went out. So that cheery Christmas picture, the long
white stocking with bright red heel and toe and top, reposing side
of the dancing flames of the great open firep. ^ce 'n the Bar-room was
gazed upon by members of the Wayside Tnn family end guests until noon
time. Then the fun began for all. The workers n the kitchen and
pantry, all the household was called together and the stocking g^'fts
distributed. Mr. Coulter was seen winding up a cIo'ati with a twirling
umbrella balanced on his nose. iLi ss deulille found an old fashioned
red pin cushion, Agnes unwraped a note book and pencil, Emma, 'n
in the kitchen, was p eased with a toy b : rd cage etc. A few of the
guests, house guests, were remembered too and they joined in the laughter
and good will which abounded v»hen the packages ere untied. It was the
kind of occasion appropriate for Christmas day; the kind of t me wh'ch
brings good friends, lonely hearts and fellow worker? together - and
makes for a stronger bond of good will among them.
f.nflh'nnoH novt. r\ocrc
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Sunday, December 25 - continued
Then guests began to arrive for dinner and the day continued
with the same Chri tmas stocking gaiety filling the air. Christ:- as
greetings were exchanged throughout the day among the guests and
Wayside Inn family. The house was filled with the good, old fash-
ioned Christmas spirit.
ivionday, December 26, 1938 Pleasant
A little incident occurred yesterday, Christmas day, wh'ch
should be recorded. An;ong our guests were i.r. .and Trs. Crockett,
old friends of ours, regular guests. They brought with them for
Christmas dinner, a niece fro:: New York. She wi a large, attractive
dark haired, dark eyed girl of about twenty years. She was quiet, un-
responsive to our Christmas cheer and looked long and deeply into
the firep ace. Ilrs. Crockett took one f the hostesses aside and
whispered ji her ear that the "ch'ld" ?/a a musician, a pianist, had
taken lessons since she was five years old. "But," ..irs. Crockett
explained, "my niece has that artistic temperament. I have had a
difficult t me. She cried herself to sleep last n'ght and she cried all
through the church service this morning. Her only interest is the
pianol" So after dinner we Invited the niece to "try out" our old
Chickering piano in the large Ball-room. Guests in the dining room and
all through the h.use suddenly heard the stra'ns of a ozart concerto
filling the air. Then a Nocturne and finally exerpts from the Hansel and
Gretel opera and the Childrens Prayer. Guests stopped to listen,
hostesses crept up the stairway, the houseman tiptoed to the door. The
lovely young lady at the piano was like a magnet, drawing our Christmas
guests to her music. Fro;., our gazing out the • indow onto the winter
landscape, we turned and looked at her. Her head was bowed over the
piano, her whole being was in the music wh'ch she brought forth fro^ the
ivory keys. When she finished, she smiled, accepted the applause
gracious y and came down stairs to put on outside wraps r eady to leave.
We spoke to Mrs . Crockett, who seemed more cheerful now and as she shook
hands and said a word of farewell she added, indicating her niece, "She's
alright now, happy and contented. That playing has made her have a
Merry Christmas after all!"
Tuesday, December 27, 1938 Pleasant
Perhaps the very best part of our Christmas withe bird's
Christmas tree. When we trimmmed the tree Christmas corning, the
birds seemed to be hid ng n the tall tree tops near by and were
keeping very quiet as if not quite sure whether they would like the r
holiday remembrance. There it stood, the t'ny tree with Its strings
of pop corn and cranberries and doughnuts hung from the branches.
Cookie cutters in t::e shape of bunn : es and chickens were used 'n
maklng"ornaments" of bread for the birds to nibble on. But they
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Tuesday, December 27 - continued
didn't co::ie to nibble ar> we expected. All ^orn'ng we waited
and watched. A fat gray squirrel found the doughnuts tempting and
cliabed up on a branch. With tiny claws and feet and ziouth he f nally
succeeded in pu lling the choice ^orsel right off the tree'. Emma ca e
out in the early afternoon w^th some bread crumbs and corn-bread and
scattered then under the tree. Then the birds flocked down and around
Emma. They know her. They were not afraid then of this Christmas in-
novation, and to reward those who planned it and put it there, they
chirped and sang and fluttered around it until late n the afternoon.
They hopped under itj a few of then pecker on the pop corn. Guests
watching from the window identified chick -a-dees, starlings and
blue-jays. Crows cane too. The squirrels took the string of cran-
berries down from the tree and one by one buried their; ^*n the yard. It
was a busy little scene around this Yuletide shrine. At one t".::e quite
a crowd of people had gathered near the wind w to watch and these re." arks
"That tree intrigues se, I hate to leave."
"Its the first bird's Christmas tree I've ever seen."
"That vird is so fat he can't nove. He looks the
way I feel."
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Wednesday, December 28, 1938 Cloudy
We hope the reader will not be bored by our report of the
Christmas festivities here at the Inn - but this Christinas seemed the
best ever and we want to talk about it. In fact we have been talking
about it every day. It is the r.ost talked about subject this week. It
is p-easant to be remembered by so many people and to know that we
have many friends - friends of the inn- who at Christmas time want to
send a word of greeting to this dear old place. There are at least a
dozen cards hich have co,ue addressed to all at the Waysi.de ±nn. These
cards are from former students at the Boys School and here is a card
signed "Georgia S. Cann - a visitor last i;ay"; one fro: Mrs. Charlotte
Barrell Ware for "the friendly f airily ^t the Inn." Several guests re-
membered us with a box of candy, large ones, 3 pound boxes - and we all
enjoyed a card from Mr. and Mrs. Ed. J. ^Titler with a sketch of the
Wayside Inn Bar-room done by iv.r. Cutler and a poem by Mrs. Cutler. Some-
body brought in a card bearing a large head of Santa Claus with a piece
of steel wire attached which actually voiced the words "Merry Ch ristmas"
when you pulled it.
Thursday, December 29, 1939 Cloudy
The Misses Dieffenbach have beenhere a week - over the
holidays - and feel very much at home. Ihey have entered into the
Christmas activities and shared our joys. Ihey found a package from
Santa in the stocking and watched the birds around the tree. Ihey do
not read much or take long walks. Mo tly they sit in front of the open
fire and chat about their work and their everyday life in the 1'ttle town
in New Jersey wh : ch is their home. This holiday is a treat, so^-.eth ; ng
special that they have looked forward to for a long time. So we have tried
to make them as comfortab e as possible. Miss Joan Dieffenbach has told
us of seeing the Christmas Star in the East on Christmas morning. Fro.,
her room on the third floor she looked out of the w : ndow in the early
gray dawn and saw a single, brilliant star. It was as if it were sus-
pended fror. the sky, hanging low over the whole world.
Friday, December 30, 1938 Cloudy
CHRIS ImA S CHATTER
'Two boys from the Boys School came to the hostess
at the Bar and made a special point of thanking the hostesses 'n
behalf of all the boys in the school for the Christmas stockings -
one for each boy and every one made and filled by hand.
Elderly lady, admiring our Christmas decontions. "I've
never in my life seen a real poinsetta."
Four young ladies who have come here for 3 or 4 years just
before Christmas, came this year on the 21st of December. Before
having uncheon, they exchanged and opened gifts in front of the Parlor
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Saturday, December 31, 1938 Cloudy
Ihe last day of 1938 has seeded just I ; ke any otherday
except that there is a t^nge of sadness In the air - a feeling
that another ye?r has rolled by - gone - never to co^e again. The
Inn is a year older - but ?/e do not feel sad about that, rather
we take pride In Its age and antiquity. It has seeded to scqu : re
a slightly older look, it ia d ors mellow, its sturdy bea^ s a --ear
darker and smoother. One year added to our ownlives Is different.
We cannot go on forever. Iherewill be a f 'nal year. But the Inn
will go on and on - year after year - becoming more beautiful each
year. We are grateful to have shared n preserving it, in keeping it
for future generations. We are thankful that the past year has
given us the opportunity of helping to carry on the old Wayside Inn.